Transylvania men's soccer extends undefeated start in HCAC with second half push vs. Manchester


Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's soccer team improved to 3-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a 2-0 victory over the Manchester University Spartans at Pat Deacon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Pioneers improve to 6-5 overall while the Spartans fall to 5-7-1 overall and 2-1 in the HCAC.

The two teams played an even game over the first 45 minutes of action as the Pioneers attempted six shots in comparison to four for the Spartans. However, both sides failed to convert a score, and the game remained even at 0-0 going into the halftime break.

Then, in the 61st minute, Charlie Wend drove the ball towards the Spartans' end line and sent a beautiful back angle pass towards the goal that was misplayed into the net by a Manchester defender, giving the Pioneers a 1-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Transylvania extended its lead to 2-0 when the Spartans' keeper bobbled a pass that was collected and blasted into the goal by Garrett Dean. The strike was Dean's third goal of the season.

Transylvania goalkeeper Drew Grisham recorded four saves in the victory, which was the Pioneers' third straight shutout, and fifth on the season. Grisham now ranks second in the HCAC with a .754% save percentage.

The Pioneers will be back in action on Wednesday, October 16, as they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio for an HCAC matchup against the Mount St. Joseph University Lions. The match is set for a 7:30 p.m. start at the Mount Sports Complex.

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