ELON, NC – The Elon University men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to number 4/7 Duke on Tuesday, September 20, in an out-of-conference game at Rudd Field.
The setback broke Phoenix’s three-game winning streak, with Elon dropping to 5-2 for the year. The Blue Devils remained unbeaten for the year at 5-0-1.
“Very proud of the efforts of the guys tonight,” said the Elon coach. Marc Reeves. “Duke is a very talented team and very well trained. I think we were as good as they were on the pitch tonight. I think if we stay focused on our game, our preparation and execution, the results will come to us.”
• Phoenix were in attack from the start of the game, scoring a goal in just a minute and a half. Mason Duval broke free of the defense in a one-on-one opportunity with the goalie, but saw his attempt interrupted by Duke’s Eliot Hamill.
• Elon was rewarded with a free kick at the edge of the area in the sixth minute. Scott Vatne hit the shot that flew high off the mark to keep the game goalless.
• Another Phoenix scoring opportunity came in the seventh minute. Phoenix made a cross to the left area that was deflected by Duke, but the carambola hit the foot of Jeppe Jordan, who fired an 18-yard shot out. The ball was, however, easily cornered by Hamill for his second save.
• The Blue Devils created some chances in the first stanza, scoring a couple of shots on goal in the 20º and 44º minute. Elon’s Netminder Ryan Bilicuk made the stop on every threat as both teams went into halftime tied at 0-0.
• Elon returned to attack early to start the second period, with Vatne pressing Hamill with a shot from around 25 yards, just 15 seconds into the break. The goalkeeper was able to make his third stop in the competition so far to keep a clean sheet.
• Duke broke the scoring stalemate after being rewarded with a free kick just outside the 18-yard area in the 56.º minute. Shakur Mohammed of the Blue Devils got the ball into the box and out of reach for Bilichuk to put Duke up 1-0.
• Elon fought desperately for the equalizer, but all efforts were nullified by the defense of Duke and Hamill. Duval had Phoenix’s last look at goal in 66º minute, but Hamill made his fourth save, which ended up helping to preserve Duke’s 1-0 victory.
• Elon beat Duke, 8-7, overall in the competition and had a 4-3 lead on shots on goal. The two teams were tied with four corners each.
• The win extended the Blue Devils’ all-time lead over Phoenix to 14-2-3.
• Phoenix conceded their first goal after 366 consecutive minutes of play. Of Elon’s three goals allowed, only one came in open play.
Elon returns to the Colonial Athletic Association game this Saturday, September 24 in Monmouth. This game is scheduled to start at 1pm.
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