WILMINGTON — The Elon University men’s soccer team again used stingy defense and a lone first-half goal to beat Winthrop University 1-0 on Sept. 5 at the UNC Wilmington Courtyard Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach Classic.

It was Elon’s second straight shutout victory, its last coming Aug. 31 against Loyola Marymount University at the John Rennie/Nike Classic in Durham.

In the 11th minute, Elon junior forward James Brace converted a penalty kick to break the scoreless tie. From there, the Phoenix defense buckled down and withstood several dangerous chances to preserve the clean sheet.

With the victory, the Phoenix moves to 2-1, while Winthrop drops to 2-1.

The Phoenix will conclude the tournament on Sunday, Sept. 7, against The Ohio State University. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

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