RALEIGH, N.C. – The Elon University women’s soccer team could not recover from two early second-half goals by the NC State Wolfpack, as the Phoenix dropped a 3-0 decision on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 2, at Dail Soccer Field.
“I thought in the first half we got what we wanted, but failed to execute in critical moments,” said Phoenix head coach Chris Neal. “NC State is a good team and I thought we played much better in the second half. We created more opportunities in the and Shannon Cosgrove came off the bench to give us 25 minutes of shutout soccer which was fantastic.”
The Wolfpack knocked in an early goal to take a 1-0 lead after Jennie Krauser banged one in off the crossbar and into the back of the net from 25 yards out in the eighth minute.
Elon just missed a chance to tie it in the 17th minute after a Simi Dhaliwal cross to a streaking Chelsey Stark missed just wide in front of the NC State goal.
The Wolfpack took a one-goal lead into the locker room at intermission after striking 12 shots (three on-goal) in the opening frame and limiting the Phoenix to one.
NC State took a 2-0 lead in the 49th minute after Rachel Harris headed in a cross from Cheyenne Spade. Just 10 minutes later, the Wolfpack went up 3-0 after a goal by Sharon Wojcik.
Raychel Diver nearly pulled the Phoenix within two goals with less than five minutes remaining, but NC State goalie Victoria Hopkins made the save.
Elon returns to action next week in Wilmington, N.C., for the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational. The Phoenix takes on Troy on Sept. 7 before facing Campbell on Sept. 9.