Baker's pair of goals lead Transylvania women's soccer to impressive home win over John Carroll

Abby Baker dribbling

Lexington, Ky. - Freshman forward Abby Baker recorded a brace and the Transylvania women's soccer team cruised to a 3-0 victory over the John Carroll Blue Streaks at Pat Deacon Stadium on Friday night.

The win propels the Pioneers record to 2-1-0, while the Blue Streaks fall to 1-2-1.

Over the first few minutes of play, the two teams battled for possession in an effort to take control of the game.

In the 14th minute, Baker intercepted a Blue Streak pass and chipped a high-arching shot over the John Carroll goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. It was the first goal of the freshman's career.

In the second half, an energized Transylvania side began to bombard the John Carroll goalkeeper. The Pioneers outshot the Blue Streaks, 9-4 in the period.

Just three minutes into the second half, senior defender Cecilia Walton sent a long ball over the John Carroll defense that found the waiting head of Baker, who redirected the ball into the goal, giving the Pioneers a 2-0 lead.

Freshman forward Quinn May got into the action by scoring her first career goal in the 66th minute as she juked past the last John Carroll defender and blasted a shot past the Blue Streaks goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net, pushing the Transylvania lead to 3-0.

With the game in hand, the Pioneers made use of their reserves while protecting the three-goal lead.

Transylvania held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks along with a 15-14 advantage in total shots. 

Freshman goalkeeper Morgan Patton picked up her second consecutive clean sheet for the Pioneers while recording nine saves in 90 minutes of action.

Up next the Pioneers will travel to Salisbury, Maryland to face the Salem College Spirits on Sunday, September 9. The game is set for a 12:00 p.m. start at Sea Gull Soccer Stadium.

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