Elon Women’s Soccer Falls to Charlotte, 2-1, in Overtime

CHARLOTTE – Sydney Schilling scored to give the Elon University women’s soccer team a 1-0 lead in the 65thminute, but two clutch goals from Charlotte’s Megan Greene in the dying seconds of the second half and early in overtime carried the 49ers to a 2-1 victory on Thursday night, Sept. 8, at the 49ers Practice Facility.


The Phoenix falls to 3-4 overall with the loss and Charlotte improves its record to 4-3 on the season.

Rakel Jonsdottir created Elon’s first opportunity in the 12thminute, redirecting a free kick from Susannah Anderson, but it landed in the hands of Charlotte goalkeeper Anna Shelden. Hannah Doherty got a lot behind a long-ranged effort in the 29th minute, but Shelden saved the shot from the Phoenix freshman.

Breanna Mitchell produced Elon’s final effort in the 41st minute, but she didn’t get enough on it and the match remained scoreless going into halftime. Elon was able to get off three solid shots despite being outshot 8-4 by the 49ers in the first stanza.

In the second half, Anderson made contact with a corner kick from Kara DeGuisto in the 58th minute, but Charlotte was able to clear her header off the line.

Then, Schilling tallied her second goal of the season in 65th minute to provide the Phoenix with a 1-0 lead. After Charlotte deflected the ball, it landed in front of Schilling near the penalty shot and the junior placed it into the left corner.

The 49ers continued to bombard the Phoenix with shots late in the half, and it would pay off. With just 33 seconds on the clock, Greene scored a header off a cross from Rebecca Beatty and placed it just past the fingertips of Elon goalkeeper Katelyn Fowler to level the match, 1-1, after 90 minutes.

Just over three minutes into overtime, Greene scored her second of the match 94th minute on breakaway to clinch a 2-1 Charlotte victory. Kelly O’Neil’s through ball found Greene and she slotted the ball into the right corner.

Fowler played 94 minutes of action and made three saves. Charlotte outshot the Phoenix 20-8 and had an 11-4 edge in corners.

The Phoenix returns home on Sunday, Sept. 11, to face the Richmond Spiders. Kickoff at Rudd Field is set for 1 p.m.