A second-half goal from Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) was all the offense EMU needed in a 1-0 field hockey win over Transylvania. Goalie Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) was outstanding, racking up 12 saves, as the Royals advanced to Sunday's championship game at the Wilson College Invitational in Chambersburg, Pa.
Eastern Mennonite will play host Wilson at 2:00pm tomorrow, looking for their second consecutive championship at the invite. The women also won it in 2016 with shutouts of Wilson and Bryn Mawr.
Transylvania had the upper hand in the opening minutes of Saturday's game, but Troyer made four saves within the first 10 minutes. The Royals settled down after that and the teams played even over the final 25 minutes of frame.
EMU took the momentum early in the second. Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) had a good-looking shot saved after a penalty corner just over four minutes in, and then Price finally broke through in the 42nd minute. After another EMU corner, Price dribbled in to close range and went left to beat TU's goalie for the score.
Both teams had good chances after that, but the goalies held firm. Troyer added five saves over the final 26 minutes, including back-to-back stops in the 68th minute, to lock up the team's second straight shutout.
The Pioneers finished with a slight 15-11 edge in shots, including 12-10 on goal. Price took five shots to lead all players, putting all five on target. Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) added two on goal.
EMU earned nine corners in the second half to hold a 12-10 advantage for the game.
Wilson beat Ferrum College 2-1 in Saturday's late contest, scoring the game-winner with 31 seconds remaining to earn their spot in the championship game.