Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Transylvania Athletics

WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Transylvania dropped a 2-0 decision to Denison Saturday in opening round action of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship at Otterbein College.

Transy (13-7-1) also lost to No. 14 Denison (16-3-1) 2-0 during regular season play in September. The Pioneers earned the Heartland Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships while Denison, members of the North Coast Athletic Conference, were an at-large pick.

The Big Red advance to the NCAA Division III Regional Finals on Sunday, meeting host Otterbein, which won over Frostburg State in the first semifinal game on Saturday.

The Pioneers were playing in the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history, and were making their second appearance against Denison. They also made the field in 2006 under head coach Mike Fulton, losing to the Big Red in the first round.

Denison took a 1-0 lead just 1:23 into the contest on a goal by Eliza Miller. That score stood at halftime.

The Big Red made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute when Jen Clement connected from the right baseline.

Transy was out-shot 15-3, including a 10-1 disadvantage in the opening half. Denison had seven shots on goal to three for the Pioneers. Denison also had a 10-2 edge in corner kicks. Transy keeper Cori Hickman was credited with five saves in the net.

The regional champion advances to sectional play, either Nov. 20-21 or Nov. 21-22, at the site of one of the participating institutions.