Elon and College of Charleston played to a 0-0 draw Saturday night at Rudd Field. Elon moved to 3-1-6 with the decision and 0-1-3 in conference play.
It felt as though the Phoenix dominated the game. Crisp passing and methodical long balls lead to Elon dictating the pace of play. Elon put six shots on goal for a 46 percent shot on goal percentage, but were unable to squeeze anything past the Cougars' keeper.
While their defense has been sound, Elon’s offense has left something to be desired as it has been struggling, producing just three goals in the past six games.
“I thought we moved the ball pretty fast and created some clear chances," Head Coach Marc Reeves said. "The keeper made a couple big saves, they made a couple big blocks. But we need to be a little better on our set piece services to try and find a way to win the game that way, but certainly can’t be upset with effort of our guys”.
Goalkeeper Matthew Jegier moved into second place all time in shutouts at Elon with tonight’s three-save effort. “It means a lot it," Jegier said. "It was one of my goals coming in. When people come to me with, ‘is this important to me’, yes, but winning is also another important thing. Leaving a jersey in a better place not necessarily getting more shutouts than anyone else but taking us farther, taking the team farther.”
Elon men’s soccer will travel to Durham to face Duke on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Jegier feels confident that his team can take the Blue Devils down.
“We are not afraid of Duke," he said. "We know if we go out there and play our best play 90 minutes of good soccer we can come out with a win”.
The Phoenix will go back to its conference schedule on Oct. 11 when the team travels north to face the College of William & Mary.