Transy Ruins Eagles' Opener
Lexington, KY – A 25-yard strike from Transylvania’s Zach Lange ten minutes into the second half was the difference in the match as the Pioneers defeated Asbury in day one of the Glenn Hyundai Nissan Classic at Transy’s Thomas Field.
Coach Ben Andrews was unable to start his first season at the helm on a winning foot but took a lot of positives from the match. “We definitely had some chances out there. They ended up with more shots but I feel our chances were just as good if not better than theirs.”
Asbury was able to get off seven shots and put six on target. The Eagles had a ball bounce off the crossbar on a corner kick late in the second half that would have tied the match. Asbury keeper Dylan Fouts made six saves on the day including several from close range.
“We have a very young team and I was proud of the way we fought today,” Coach Andrews said. “Obviously I want to win but there are some good things we can take away and build on for the rest of the season.”
The Eagles started three freshmen in Caleb Griffin, Ryan Moberely, and Zach Welch, all three play in the central mid-field. Seven of the 11 starters were sophomores or freshmen. The Eagles have been fighting off a stomach virus that has hampered most of the team over the last week. The illness knocked sophomore Randy Troyer out of the second half.
Asbury will take on Centre College on day two of the Glenn Hyundai Nissan Classic on Saturday at 2:00 pm.