Lexington, Ky. – Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Transylvania men's soccer team scored six straight goals in the second half to claim a 6-1 victory over the Franklin College Grizzlies at Pat Deacon Stadium on Wednesday night.
The victory propels Transylvania's record to 10-6 overall and 7-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with just one match remaining in the regular season. With the loss, Franklin's record falls to 4-15 overall and 1-7 in league play.
The Grizzlies struck first with a goal in the 32nd minute when a Franklin counterattack ended with a point-blank score by Mason May.
In the second half, Transylvania responded with a ferocious offensive onslaught. The Pioneers leveled the score at 1-1 when a pass from Charlie Wend connected with Tyler Dobbs in the 54th minute who finished with the equalizing boot.
Then, Mitchell Crispin scored back-to-back goals over a two minute span to give the Pioneers control of the game at 3-1. Crispin now leads Transylvania with eight goals on the season, a mark that ranks the freshman second in the HCAC.
The Pioneers capped off their scoring efforts in the 83rd minute when Zach Hill collected a loose ball in the Franklin penalty area and blasted it past the Grizzlies' goalkeeper, pushing the final score to 6-1.
Transylvania will wrap up regular-season play on Saturday, November 2 when the Pioneers travel to Terre Haute, Indiana, to face off against the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers. First touch between the Pioneers and the Fightin' Engineers is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Rose-Hulman Intramural Fields.
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