St. Louis, Mo. – The Transylvania women's soccer team endured a 6-1 defeat to the No. 3 Washington University in St. Louis Bears on Sunday afternoon at Francis Field.
Aiming to build upon their win from the day before against the Bears' crosstown neighbor Fontbonne, the Pioneers took on the number-three team in the country which was coming off an undefeated regular season and an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2018.
The Pioneers witnessed the firepower of the perennial power as the Bears struck early on successive goals to take a 2-0 lead in the first nine minutes of play.
Following the Bears' rude greeting, the Pioneers settled into the match from a defensive standpoint and begin trying to counter. While Transylvania sought to string together a concerted attack against the Bears, Wash U continued to manifest their fair share of opportunities and scored again in the 32nd minute after an untimely giveaway by the Pioneers.
The Bears tacked on a final goal in the last two minutes of the first half as Washington's Marissa Kalkar delivered a hard-hit shot that Pioneer goalkeeper Morgan Patton was able to contact, but not corral as the deflection glanced past Patton and into goal, leading to a 4-0 halftime lead for the home team.
Washington added two more goals in the second half to further secure control of the contest as the shot total went in their favor 24 to 4.
The Pioneers finished the on a high note as Patton, who began the game in goal, shifted forward onto the field as a position player and delivered Transylvania's lone score of the day. Patton scored for the Pioneers with 20 minutes to go on a near corner shot to extinguish Wash U.'s shutout bid.
Transylvania fell to 1-2 on the season while the Bears improved to 3-1-1.
The Pioneers will now return to the friendly confines of Pat Deacon Stadium for the first time this season this week as they welcome the Capital University Crusaders to Lexington on Wednesday, September 11. The match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start.
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