Wheaton, Ill. – Despite a lopsided shot total, it took a strong finish for Wheaton (Ill.) to hold off Transylvania on Friday. Marshall Hollingsworth broke a scoreless tie in the 74th minute and Wheaton added two more late goals to record a 3-0 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With the victory, Wheaton advances to face Centre College in a second round match on Saturday.
Ryan Seager made four saves in goal for the Thunder and pitched his sixth shutout of the season. Taylor Nossokoff surrendered two goals and made seven saves in 78:07 in goal for the Pioneers (16-2-2). Cody Waltrip allowed one goal and made one save in the final 11:53
The best opportunity of the half came with seven minutes remaining when Jonathan Clark was dragged down in the box drawing a penalty kick for the Thunder. Josh Clark could not convert the kick, but the score remained tied going into halftime, despite a 16-1 shot advantage.
Transylvania responded in the second half by controlling the play early. Wheaton made some adjustments to thwart the Pioneer momentum and finally broke through in the 74th minute.
Josh Clark took the ball at midfield and sent it to Marshall Hollingsworth, who dribbled the ball past a defender and blasted it past the keeper Nossokoff to break the scoreless tie.
Five minutes later, Adam Blackman was fouled in the box, drawing another penalty kick for the Thunder. Noah Anthony took advantage of the penalty shot to give Wheaton a 2-0 advantage.
Wheaton sealed the victory with a counterattack off a Transylvania corner kick. Stephen Golz carried the ball out of traffic setting up a 3-on-2 break. Golz then found Mitchell Paur, who sent a hard shot into the back of the net to provide the final score of 3-0.