ELON, N.C. – The Pride were gifted an own goal in the first half, and striker Leah Galton scored in the second stanza as the Elon University women’s soccer team fell to Hofstra 2-0 on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Rudd Field.
The Phoenix fall to 7-2-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the CAA with the loss and Hofstra improves to 8-3-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the conference after the victory.
In the second minute of the match, the Pride were gifted an own goal to take a 1-0 lead as Amanda Lasater could not clear an initial save by Taylor Mohr off the line. Galton was the player with the shot that Mohr saved.
Hofstra put massive amounts of pressure of the Elon back line, but couldn’t find another goal despite outshooting the Phoenix 11-4 in the half. The Pride took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Elon increased the tempo at the beginning of the second half. Tori Baliatico took a long-range effort from 25 yards, but it just skimmed past the post. The Phoenix had shots from Kendall Ballotti, Mariah Marerro and Julie Hibberd denied several minutes later, keeping the score 1-0 in favor of the Pride.
Galton extended the Hofstra lead 2-0 in the 62nd minute, as she hustled to a cross from Kristin Desmond and slid to finish the goal into the left side of the net.
The Phoenix created more opportunities down the stretch, but were unable to find the net as the Pride held on to the 2-0 victory.
– The loss snaps Elon’s seven-match unbeaten streak since Aug. 27. It’s the first time the Phoenix lost since a 2-0 defeat at NC State.
– Elon trailed for the first time since they were down to the Wolfpack on Aug. 27.
– The two goals given up is tied for the most allowed in a match this season, equaling the 2-0 defeat to NC State on Aug. 27.
– Hofstra outshot the Phoenix 19-11 in the match. Elon had a much better second half as the Pride only led 8-7 in chances during the period.
– The Phoenix improved its result against the Pride from last season’s 4-1 defeat at Rudd Field, Sept. 26, 2014.
– Mohr suffered her first loss of the season falling to 5-1-2 overall this season. She had a solid weekend in net with 14 total saves in two matches against the predicted top-two teams in the conference.
Elon hosts William & Mary at Rudd Field on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. to continue the conference slate. The Phoenix will then travel to Francis Marion on Monday, Oct. 5, for a non-conference showdown at 7 p.m.