ELON, N.C. – A pair of late first-half goals by Coastal Carolina proved to be too much to overcome for the Elon women’s soccer team on Thursday night, August 30, as the Phoenix dropped a 3-0 decision to the Chanticleers in non-conference action at Rudd Field.
Elon (1-2-1) saw Coastal Carolina (2-2) net two goals late in the first period in the 33rd and 40th minute to fall behind just prior to intermission. After her initial shot was blocked by Phoenix goalie Kate Murphy, the Chanticleers’ Anna Lowe struck the deflection into the back of the goal to make it a 1-0 game. Seven minutes later, CCU’s Shelby Evans hit Ashley Day in the box with a lofted pass for the score to put Elon behind, 2-0.
The Chanticleers held a 7-2 advantage in shots in the opening stanza, with the Phoenix holding a 2-0 edge in corners.
Sophomore Raychel Diver nearly cut Coastal Carolina’s lead in half just 35 seconds in to the second period, but her shot sailed just left of the goal.
The Chanticleers took a 3-0 game in the 74th minute when Fia Johnson scored from 25 yards out.
Elon ended the match with a 3-1 advantage in corners, while Murphy played all 90 minutes and finished with six saves.
Elon returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 2, when it heads to Raleigh, N.C., to face NC State at 3 p.m.