Women's Soccer

Strength, energy defined Dennion on, off field

11/8/16 2:30pm

They gathered at midfield, where she played 37 matches in her No. 22 jersey, where she was honored on senior day a year ago, where she touched the hearts of many through her tenacious, dominant play. And right there, on Rudd Field, Nicole Dennion’s former teammates, friends and fellow Elon University ...

​Women’s soccer wraps up nonconference play with a win

9/30/16 2:00pm

First half goals from junior defender Kendall Ballotti and freshman striker Tori Baliatico helped the Elon University women's soccer team wrap up nonconference play and bounce back from Sunday’s loss vs JMU with a 2-0 victory against South Carolina State University Thursday night at Rudd Field. Senior ...

Women's soccer falls to James Madison

9/25/16 9:00pm

The Elon University women's soccer team fell to James Madison University 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play, unable to come back after allowing three goals in the first half. The Dukes scored all three of its goals in an 11-minute stretch, leading 3-0 after 25 minutes. Head coach Chris Neal said the team's double-overtime win against Towson University Friday night may have played a factor with the quick turnaround.

Women's soccer starts CAA play with thrilling 2OT win over Towson

9/24/16 4:32pm

Thanks to junior defender Kendall Ballotti's goal with three minutes left in double overtime, the Elon University women’s soccer team edged Towson University 2-1 in its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) match Friday night at Rudd Field. After 17 long minutes of overtime — when it began to seem as if both teams would settle for a draw — senior midfielder Sarah Henson’s cross made its way through a sea of players to Ballotti, who calmly placed the ball past a diving keeper to win the game for Elon.

Women's soccer strikes early to beat Davidson 2-0

9/16/16 3:07pm

In its final match before Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play begins, the Elon University women’s soccer team got a first-half goal from each of its young, speedy forwards to beat Davidson College 2-0 Thursday night at Rudd Field. Freshman forward Taylor Paradoski scored in the 17th minute for her first career collegiate goal and sophomore forward Tori Baliatico found the back of the net in the 28th minute, something that encourages head coach Chris Neal ahead of conference play. "I think we took a big step forward today,” Neal said.

Women's soccer hopes depth, athleticism help turn corner in CAA

9/1/16 9:02pm

As the Elon University women’s soccer team enters its third season in the Colonial Athletic Association, head coach Chris Neal has seen what it takes to win in this conference. Neal spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, working under head coach Paul Cairney as the Seahawks improved its CAA record from 0-4-1 in 2001 to 8-3 in 2006.

Women’s soccer finds positives despite rough run in CAA

11/5/15 2:00pm

As far as women’s soccer goes, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) is one of the best conferences in the NCAA. At the conclusion of the regular season, six of the 10 conference teams were ranked in the top 70 of the NCAA’s Rating Percentage Index (RPI). The Elon University women’s soccer team was not one of those six teams, finishing 10th in the conference. And yet, head coach Chris Neal sees a lot of good that came out of the season. 

Women's soccer loses to James Madison in overtime

10/23/15 11:56pm

The Elon University women’s soccer team was seconds away from the second overtime period against James Madison University, but the Dukes scored with six seconds remaining in the first overtime period to defeat the Phoenix 1-0 Friday night in Harrisonburg, V.A.  Sophomore midfielder Allison Bordell’s header found the back of the next moments before the conclusion of the first overtime period, giving the Dukes a win it sorely needed heading into the Colonial Athletic Association tournament next weekend.

What's in a set piece?

10/22/15 10:00am

It’s a pretty common occurrence in a soccer match. Someone might get fouled, or the ball might get kicked out of bounds, resulting in a corner kick.

Women's soccer loses to Drexel on overtime goal

10/19/15 1:13am

The Elon University women's soccer team struck first against the Drexel University Dragons, but a goals in regulation and then overtime spelled defeat for the Phoenix as Elon fell 2-1 in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.  Drexel freshman forward Vanessa Kara scored the game-winning goal for the Dragons in the 104th minute, her second of the match and as well as the second of two unanswered goals by Drexel. 

Pair of first half goals spells defeat for Elon

10/16/15 11:00pm

The Elon University women’s soccer team gave up two goals in the span of 90 seconds in the first half of and couldn’t come back, losing 3-0 to the University of Delaware Friday night in Delaware.  Junior forward Natalie Zelenky scored the first of her two goals in the 15th minute, scoring from eight yards out to give the Blue Hens an early lead.

Nicole Dennion returns for Elon women's soccer Senior Day

10/14/15 7:39pm

Emotions always run high on a Senior Day, but they were cranked up an extra notch at the Oct. 11 Elon University women’s soccer team's match. Senior forward Nicole Dennion, former Southern Conference Player of the Year who missed last year while battling cancer, made her first appearance in two years by taking the opening kickoff in the lineup for the Phoenix. After kicking off the match, she ran to the sideline for a substitute to applause from both teams and fans. “An indescribable level [of emotion],” said head coach Chris Neal. “It was really good having her here.”

Women's soccer scores early, often in win over Francis Marion

10/7/15 4:02pm

The Elon University women's soccer team scored early and often Tuesday night, defeating Francis Marion University 6-0 in Florence, S.C., in a late non-conference matchup. Senior defender Mel Insley got the Phoenix on the board in the 14th minute, scoring her third goal of the season, on all free kicks.

Building success from the back

10/6/15 7:00pm

The past two seasons have told different stories for the Elon University women’s soccer team. The 2013 version scored twice as many goals as they gave up, scoring 56 goals and allowing 28 in the 22 matches the team played.

Hurricane Joaquin forces postponement of soccer matches

10/1/15 11:52am

The impending rain coming from Hurricane Joaquin has forced postponements of matches for both the Elon University men's and women's soccer teams this weekend. The next match for the women's team is 7 p.m. Monday at Francis Marion University. The men will not be in action again until 7 p.m. Oct. 10, against Lipscomb University.