Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's soccer team served up four goals in the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium, defeating the Anderson University Ravens 4-0.
In the first HCAC match of the year for both sides, Transylvania used a steady dose of scoring all afternoon to cruise past the Ravens for a 1-0 start to HCAC play and a 4-5 overall record. Anderson fell to 3-7-1 overall and 0-1 on the conference table.
Garrett Dean propelled the Pioneers with two first-half scores to put the Pioneers ahead for good while Drew Grisham was steady for Transy in goal, registering seven impactful saves for his third clean sheet of the season.
In the first 20 minutes of the match, Transylvania asserted its will upon the Ravens, seizing a majority of the possession and testing the mettle of Ravens goalie Caleb Oliver. In the 19th minute of play, Peyton Netherton cued up a left booted shot that was saved by Oliver, but lent credence to an exposure in the Ravens' armor.
Two minutes later, Zach Hill found himself with the ball in the box and swung forward with his boot, resulting in a redirected score by Dean to provide the go-ahead goal for Transylvania.
In the 25th minute, Dean continued his budding run of play with a brilliant shot from beyond the right side of the box for his first brace of the season and a 2-0 Transylvania advantage.
The Ravens garnered their fair share of opportunities but the Transylvania backline held firm while Grisham had a sense for the ball all afternoon. The Ravens tried to pull one back in the 39th minute on a redirected header, but Grisham positioned himself deftly for the save, maintaining a two-goal advantage for the home team.
The second half turned into a defensive mode of attack for the Pioneers, though they were able to continue manufacturing offensive pressure. Transylvania initiated a wave of breakthroughs over the final quarter-hour of play as Devin Craig set up Charlie Wend for the third goal of the day in the 77th minute. The Pioneers added the finishing touch in the 80th minute as Mitchell Crispin found the back of the net.
Transylvania earned 13 corners on the day compared to four by the Ravens en route to Transylvania's second home win of the season.
The Pioneers return to play in the friendly confines of Pat Deacon Stadium on Wednesday, October 9 as they welcome HCAC rival Earlham College to Lexington. The first touch is set for 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.
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