HIGH POINT, N.C. – In its final non-conference road match of the season, the Elon University women’s soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw with High Point on Friday night, Sept. 14, at Vert Field.
Kate Murphy played all 110 minutes between the posts for the Phoenix and held off High Point’s attack all night long. Murphy made a season-high seven saves, as the Panthers registered 27 shots on the night.
Simi Dhaliwal netted the maroon and gold’s lone score, her second of the season. With her back at the goal from six yards away, Dhaliwal gave the Phoenix momentum in the 33rd minute when she flicked a ball in from behind on a great cross from Marissa Russo.
Angela Funari just missed giving the maroon and gold a one-goal lead in the 23rd minute when she banged a shot off the crossbar above High Point goalie Jesse May.
The Panthers tied it at 1-1 in the 68th minute after Kelli Joline knocked in a previously blocked shot in a scrum in front of the Phoenix goal. The two teams grinded out the final 22 minutes of regulation before heading to overtime.
Kim Gardner nearly put in the golden goal in the 104th minute, but her shot was May and the match remained knotted at 1-1.
Four late shots by the Panthers missed or were blocked, as the game ended in a draw.
Elon took nine shots (three on goal) in the match.
Elon returns home on Sunday at 2 p.m. to face the Francis Marion Patriots at Rudd Field.