The Elon University men's soccer team's season is effectively over after the Phoenix fell to the College of William and Mary 1-0 Saturday night in the CAA tournament quarterfinal match at Rudd Field.
Despite being outshot 12 to five, the Phoenix had plenty of opportunities around the net, including three corner kicks.
According to men's soccer head coach Chris Little, it comes down to taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.
"It just didn't quite happen for us, and we're accountable for that," he said. "You have to make things happen if you want to compete for championships."
The Tribe scored its only goal 17 minutes into the first half when sophomore forward Antonio Bustamante shot a low kick past redshirt sophomore goal keeper Matthew Jegier after a failed counter play for the Phoenix.
According to Jegier, the upcoming off season will be a good opportunity for the team to bond.
"Three months ago was the first time some of these people ever met," he said. "We need to work together a little bit more. It sounds cheesy, but getting that family aspect — that's what makes teams successful."
Emotions were high throughout the game after a moment of silence was held before kickoff for former Elon women's soccer standout Nicole Dennion '16, who passed away earlier Saturday morning because of complications stemming from Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare childhood bone cancer.