GREENSBORO, N.C. – Susannah Anderson scored for the second straight game, but the Elon University women’s soccer team suffered its first defeat of the season with a 2-1 setback against UNCG on Thursday evening, Aug. 24, at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
“It was a tough loss tonight for our team,” said head coach Chris Neal. “However, I’m not concerned because we created a lot of chances, especially in the second half. It is still early in the season, and with a few tweaks we will easily solve the issues we experienced tonight.”
Elon was the aggressor for most of the match, winning the shot battle 18-7 against UNCG in 90 minutes. However, the Phoenix was unable to recover from the Spartans’ early two-goal advantage.
The maroon and gold falls to 2-1 overall on the year with the loss and UNCG picked up its first win of the year improving to 1-2 overall.
UNCG opened the scoring and took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute as Emily Jensen headed in her first goal of season off of Gabbi Charles’ corner kick.
Just over seven minutes later, Charles extended the Spartans’ lead netting her first goal of the year. Her cross from the right side managed to go untouched and found the left corner of the goal.
Anderson hit a half volley off Jenny Riemer’s corner kick in the 42nd minute for her second goal of the season, bringing Elon within a goal at halftime.
– Susannah Anderson has now scored in two consecutive games and has scored at least one goal in every season with Elon.
– Jenny Riemer recorded her first-career assist and point setting up Anderson’s goal with a corner kick.
– Elon created plenty of chances throughout the match. The Phoenix outshot UNCG 18-7 and outcornered the Spartans 7-2. The maroon and gold made a push in the second half and outshot UNCG 10-2 in the period.
The Phoenix comes home to Rudd Field for the first time this season on Sunday, Aug. 27, to host former Southern Conference foe Chattanooga in its home opener. Kickoff will begin at 2 p.m.