DURHAM — It was a less than auspicious start for the Elon University men’s soccer team and its new head coach Chris Little, as the Phoenix lost its season opener 1-0 to Stetson University on Aug. 29 at the John Rennie/Nike Classic hosted by Duke University.
After twenty scoreless minutes to begin the game, the Hatters broke through in the 20th minute. Freshman forward/midfielder Marco Hjorth beat Phoenix senior goalkeeper Nathan Dean one-on-one to give his team the one goal lead.
The Phoenix responded in the 59th minute when junior midfielder Miguel Salazar hit a low strike into the right hand corner of the goal from 18 yards out, knotting the game at 1-1.
The Phoenix kept fighting. In the 81st minute, junior defender Nathan Diehl pulled Elon within one on a header off a free kick.
The Phoenix could not find the equalizer, though, and Stetson escaped with the victory.
The Phoenix will conclude play at the event with a Sunday matchup against Loyola Marymount University on Sunday, Aug. 31, at noon.