The Elon University soccer team, playing away from Rudd Field for the first time since the opening contest Aug. 23, came away with a 1-1 record in Wilmington, N.C. in the UNCW Invitational.

The Phoenix opened the tournament against the Longwood University Lancers Friday Sept. 13. Elon head coach Chris Neal knew the Lancers would be a dangerous team to match up against.

Screen shot 2013-09-15 at 5.17.57 PM"Longwood is a very dangerous team," he said. "If you look at their results, you might scratch your head a little bit, but I saw their game against N.C. State (University) this year and I thought they were pretty unlucky to not get a result. They're a tough game."

After falling into a 3-0 hole in the first 58 minutes of the match, the Screen shot 2013-09-15 at 5.24.03 PMPhoenix fought back, starting with a Jennifer McGorty goal on a cross from senior forward Chelsey Stark.

Eighteen minutes later in the 75th minute, freshman defender Rachel Hallman pulled the Phoenix within one with a goal on a corner kick from junior Bethany Houpt.

Elon tied the match in the 85th minute on a goal from sophomore Nicole Dennion, but the Lancers scored 36 seconds later to take the lead for good.

Junior goalkeeper Kate Murphy only played the first 45 minutes. The first goal of the match for Longwood came in the 15th minute when she had the ball taken off her foot and put away for the goal.

Murphy and the Phoenix recovered, though, for Sunday's match on Sept. 15 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Phoenix got back on track with a 3-0 victory against the Islanders.

Elon got on the board in the 38th minute when senior forward Kendall Stanley got a rebound in froth of the goal and put it home for her second of the season.

In the 58th minute, Dennion scored again for her second goal on the weekend to give her six on the season in just six games. The mark tied The Citadel's Mariana Garcia for the Southern Conference lead. Both have played six games thus far this season.

Seeing her first game action since suffering an injury early in her freshman year last year, sophomore Samantha Burch polished off the victory by finishing a cross from senior Kimmie Krauss from the left side.

Elon returns to the field Friday Sept. 20 to take on Liberty University at 5:30 p.m. The game will precede the men's team taking on the College of William & Mary at 7:30 p.m. on Rudd Field.

With the two schools being former conference rivals in the Big South Conference, there is a history between the two. Elon holds a slim 7-6-2 record all-time against the Flames.

Last time the two got together, the Phoenix and Flames battled to a scoreless draw in 2011.


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