PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Second half goals from Jaiden Fortune and Elijah Agu helped the Elon University men’s soccer team to a 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory at Drexel on Saturday evening, Oct. 15, at Vidas Field.
Elon improved to 7-2-3 overall and remained unbeaten in CAA play at 3-0-2 with its third straight victory. The Dragons fell to 1-10-2 and 0-5 in league play with its eighth consecutive loss.
“Delighted to get the win in a huge conference game away from home,” said Elon head coach Chris Little. “It was the third game in a week and a tough ask of our players. It was a tough game and Drexel was a very tough opponent. It was back and forth there for a while and by the start of the second half, I was really pleased by how we came out and started. I was also delighted to get another clean sheet.”
The Phoenix controlled possession for the majority of the first half, but could only manage one shot on goal the opening stanza. Around the 30th minute, Marcel Fahrenholz had the lone attempt on target between two teams in the first half with an attempt near the top of the left post of the box, but it was easily saved by the keeper.
Elon had a 5-4 shot advantage over the Dragons in the opening period and held Drexel without a shot until the 39th minute. The Dragons peppered the maroon and gold with four shots over the final six minutes, but could not penetrate through the Phoenix defense.
The Phoenix finally opened the scoring in the contest inside the 47th minute. Tuki Tayali got off a shot that hit the post, but the ricochet found the foot of Fortune. The sophomore settled the ball before connecting on his third score of the season.
Close to the 73rd minute, Elon added the second score of the game to take a 2-0 advantage. On a Phoenix counter, Nick Adamczyk raced down the right side of the pitch and sent in a cross into the box to Agu. The junior striker played the ball near the penalty spot and connected on an open chance for his ninth score of the year.
Elon appeared to have scored another goal in the 87th minute as Tayali got free of the defense near the top of the box. The rookie striker sent a shot past the defense for what looked to be his third score of the season, but the goal was called off due to a questionable offsides foul.
Despite the score being wiped off, Elon held on for the 2-0 win over the Dragons to earn 11 points in CAA play.
• Elon finished the game with as twice as many shots as Drexel (12-6) and had four shots on goal. The Dragons had five corners compared to three for Elon.
• Adamczyk added his team-best fifth assist in the match. Of his assists, four of those have gone to Agu.
• The shutout was Elon’s fourth out of five league games and seventh overall on the year. Keeper Matthew Jegier had one save in the match and posted the 15th clean sheet of his career tying him with former Phoenix netminder and current assistant coach Taylor Saxe on the program’s all-time career list.
• Agu’s nine goals is the most for the Phoenix in a single-season since 2013. Prior to this year, Agu had one career goal in his first two seasons.
Elon is back at home for the first of three straight home matches as the Phoenix hosts Delaware on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Rudd Field.