Release courtesy of Transylvania University
LYNCHBURG, VA - Transylvania gave up a pair of second-half goals to Lynchburg Thursday and the Pioneers went on to drop a 3-1 decision to the Hornets in first-round play of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.
Transy winds up its season with a record of 16-3-2 after seeing its eight-match winning streak snapped. The Hornets, champions of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and ranked eighth in the South Atlantic Region, improve to 16-4-1 with the win.
Ranked eighth in the Great Lakes Region, the Pioneers fell behind 1-0 when Shawn Bender scored in the 24th minute. That stood as the game's lone goal until Lynchburg struck for a pair of scores within a three-and-a-half minute span 25 minutes into the second half.
Kyle Smith got Transy's only goal off an assist by Kevin Jones in the 82nd minute, making it 3-1 and setting the final margin.
Each team has 17 shots in the hard-fought affair and Lynchburg had a 9-7 edge in corner kicks. Transy keeper Alex Schmitt had five saves on eight Lynchbugh shots on goal. The Pioneers had five shots on goal.
Lynchburg match will face host Emory on Sunday in Atlanta at 6 p.m. in second-round NCAA play. Emory is ranked No. 2 in the region and has a 14-2-2 record after receiving at at-large bid into the tourney. Emory is ranked 12th nationally and has appeared in 12 NCAA Tournaments.
Transy was back in the NCAA tourney for the second year in a row and for the sixth time overall. The Pioneers advanced to the Elite Eight last year, defeating Capital, No. 1 seed Ohio Wesleyan, and Swarthmore before losing to Calvin on penalty kicks.