ELON, N.C. – Taylor Mohr had nine saves and the Phoenix defense held strong as the Elon University women’s soccer team opened CAA play with a 0-0 draw against two-time defending league champion Northeastern in two overtimes on Friday, Sept. 25, at Rudd Field.
Elon’s record stands at 7-1-2 and 0-0-1 in conference play with the draw while Northeastern moves to 7-3-1 and 0-0-1 in the CAA.
“I’m so happy and proud of our team,” Elon midfielder Mel Insley said. “It’s incredible to see all the work and effort every day. The work and energy is never ending. I’m just incredibly proud of the whole team.”
Northeastern finished with 22 shots to Elon’s seven and Mohr collected a career-high nine saves in the match to earn a point for the Phoenix.
The Huskies applied the early pressure and held an 11-0 shot advantage over the Phoenix in the first half, four of which were saved by Mohr.
Mohr denied Northeastern’s Breeana Koemans in the 27th minute, moving from the right post across the face of goal to make a foot save on the left side.
Two minutes later, Mohr saved Koemans’ point-blank shot amid a crowd of bodies in the box attempt to keep the game scoreless.
The Huskies’ Kayla Cappuzzo had a game-high nine shots in the match while Insley and Kendall Ballotti each had two shots for Elon.
The Phoenix came out strong in the second half, creating three early shot attempts, one of which appeared to be a goal before Elon was ruled offsides.
Insley had a scoring chance at the end of regulation that sailed high and a chance that was deflected and saved by Northeastern in the second overtime.
– Elon’s 7-1-2 start to the 2015 season is the best start for the program in the Division I era for the first 10 games of the season.
– With the draw, the Phoenix extends its unbeaten streak to eight games
– Taylor Mohr’s set a new career high with nine saves
– The Phoenix opened CAA play on a positive note after falling 4-0 to Northeastern in last season’s CAA opening weekend
Elon plays four of its next five matches at Rudd Field. The Phoenix hosts Hofstra for a 1 p.m. match Sunday, Sept. 27 and William & Mary in a 7 p.m. match Friday, Oct. 2.