Elon Women’s Soccer: Tanhauser’s Late Goal Topples Coastal Carolina

ELON, N.C. – Erin Tanhauser scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute and the Elon University women’s soccer team defeated Coastal Carolina 2-1 on Thursday, Sept. 1, at CCU Soccer Stadium.


After Susannah Anderson scored for the Phoenix in the 34thminute and the Chanticleers answered with a late first half goal, Tanhauser scored on a loose ball in the box with just over 13 minutes to play to clinch the win for Elon. The Phoenix improves to 2-3 overall with the win and Coastal Carolina drops to 2-2-1 with the loss.

“Coastal Carolina is a very athletic, talented, and well coached team,” said head coach Chris Neal. “Paul Hogan has done an incredible job with his group. I’m extremely excited that we were able to come in and get a result against a team of that caliber. They forced us into very uncomfortable situations during the game and they made it incredibly difficult for us. Fortunately, for us today, we did enough at the right times to score on our set pieces and we had some huge defensive stops late in the game to get the victory.”

Elon had some great chances in the first five minutes, but Coastal Carolina’s goalkeeper Becca Austin saved two Phoenix shots from Syndey Schilling and Laura Mitchell respectively.

Anderson’s goal in the 34th minute gave the Phoenix a 1-0 lead. Kendall Ballotti’s header off Bria Bass’ cross, fell to Anderson for the finish. Montanna Hill scored for the Chanticleers in the 44th minute, equalizing the match just before halftime.

Katelyn Fowler, who entered the game after half time, made a big save to keep the score level in the 70thminute. A ball slipped through Elon’s back line and fell to Huston Neal. Fowler denied her of a one-on-one chance inside the six-yard box.

Elon would strike again in the 77th minute after a mishap from Coastal Carolina’s goalkeeper to take a 2-1 lead. Austin failed to punch a cross and Tanhauser pounced on the loose ball with a finish into the right corner to secure Elon’s victory.

Both teams were even on the shot count at 7-7 and Coastal Carolina had a 7-4 edge in corners. Both Taylor Mohr and Katelyn Fowler split time in goal. Mohr recorded one save in the first and Fowler made two big second half saves.

The Phoenix wraps up its road swing on Sunday, Sept. 4, at Western Carolina. The match is set to kick off at 2 p.m.