GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior midfielder Mel Insley score another spectacular free kick in the 34th minute for the Phoenix, but Chesney White responded with a Spartans’ equalizer in the 46th minute as the Elon University women’s soccer team earned a tough 1-1 draw at UNCG on Sunday, Sept. 13, at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
“Really proud of our team’s effort tonight”, said head coach Chris Neal. “It was an entertaining game at UNCG as it always is. They’re a good team and it has become a great rivalry.”
Elon (5-1-1) and UNCG (2-5-1) put on an entertaining performance as both teams created chances throughout. The Phoenix and the Spartans produced plenty of chances throughout the match, with Elon having the slight 19-17 edge in the shot count.
Insley had another opportunity on a free kick in the 34th minute, placed in the same position as her game-winning goal on Friday, Sept. 11 against Coastal Carolina. She took her chance and buried it into the top right corner to give Elon a 1-0 lead.
Right at the start of the second half, White received a pass on the right side inside the 18-yard box and fired home a shot in the 46th minute to tie the match 1-1 and eliminate the Phoenix lead. Despite many shots from both sides in the second half, the match would remain tied heading into overtime.
The first overtime period provided some interesting events. Grace Bennett was taken down in the UNCG box in the 94th minute, what appeared to be a penalty, was not called by the referee. The Phoenix created three chances in the period, including two on goal, but the match went to a second overtime period.
UNCG controlled the chances in the second overtime, and Taylor Mohr had to make a huge save in the 107th minute to preserve the 1-1 draw.
– The Phoenix record of four consecutive shutout victories for the first time in the program’s Division I era ended with the goal by UNCG in the 46th minute.
– Since the 74th minute of the NC State match on Aug. 27, Elon had not allowed a goal for 421 consecutive minutes.
– Mohr is still undefeated in goal this season improving to a 3-0-1 overall record this season.
The Phoenix hit the road on Friday, Sept. 18, to take on Gardner-Webb University for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Boiling Springs, N.C. Elon returns to Rudd Field on Sunday, Sept. 20, to face Charlotte at 6 p.m.