Women's Soccer

Chris Neal brings in class of 12 for 2013 women's soccer season

9/5/13 1:54pm

Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Little did Newton know, his law would be used for more than just science. The Elon University women’s soccer team brought the law into the world of sports with its 2013 recruiting class — one that features 12 new additions to the team as well as two transfers, both of which came from Clemson University. With numerous knee injuries, including multiple torn ACLs in 2012, the Phoenix had a lot of question marks entering the season — ones that could only be remedied by bringing in more recruits as insurance. “Initially, the recruiting class started off as a smaller class,” said Elon head coach Chris Neal.

Stark saves Elon late as Phoenix battle Pirates to 1-1 draw

8/25/13 6:24pm

Through 84 minutes on Sunday Aug. 25, the Elon University women’s soccer team had dominated the East Carolina University Pirates. That all changed with six minutes remaining in regulation, as the Pirates converted on their second corner kick of the match to all but pull the rug out from under the Phoenix, who at the time owned heavy shots and corner kick margins of 13-1 and 21-2, respectfully. That is if the Pirates could hold on. Three minutes later, the Phoenix tied the game with a goal from senior Chelsey Stark to knot the game at one.

Eagles end Elon’s season in double overtime of SoCon tournament

11/3/12 1:21am

“It just wasn’t meant to be,” Elon University women’s soccer head coach Chris Neal said following Friday’s double overtime loss to Georgia Southern University in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament. Freshman forward Emily Hirano gave the eighth-seeded Eagles the victory in the 102nd minute on a header from six yards out. “They created a two versus one with (junior midfielder) Kimmie Krauss on the left side,” Neal said.

‘Three days in November’: Elon gets set for Georgia Southern

11/2/12 8:16am

It’s a phrased termed by Elon University men’s soccer coach Darren Powell about the Southern Conference tournament in November: “Three days in November.” The women’s soccer team, behind the second goal of the season from senior midfielder Jaclyn Wood, knocked off the fourth seeded Appalachian State Mountaineers on Sunday, Oct.

Women's soccer upsets Appalachian State, advances to SoCon tourney semifinals

10/28/12 7:07pm

“Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap. What’s going on?” After the Elon University women’s soccer team defeated fourth-seeded Appalachian State in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament Sunday 1-0, those were the words head coach Chris Neal uttered when he got back on the bus to come home. What was he reacting to? He wasn’t reacting to his team beating Appalachian State.

Stuart Horne brings humanity to college sports grind

10/25/12 8:40pm

If you asked his players what they thought of him, they would give a wide range of answers looking something like this: “He doesn’t take anything seriously,” said Kimmie Krauss, a junior midfielder on the Elon University women’s soccer team.

Analysis: Where will women's soccer end up?

10/24/12 4:10pm

It’s been a long road filled with injuries and disappointment this season for the Elon University women’s soccer team, but, the regular season comes to a close tonight against cross-town rival University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Holding a 6-7-6 record overall, with a 4-2-4 record in conference play, the Phoenix will take on the Spartans in search of locking up the fifth seed in the conference tournament set to start on Sunday, Oct.

Successful weekend helps women's soccer to fifth in SoCon

10/20/12 12:28pm

Elon University women’s soccer head coach Chris Neal said it, and the team got it. The Elon women’s soccer team collected four points on a pivotal weekend with matches against Georgia Southern University and Davidson College. The Phoenix welcomed Georgia Southern to Rudd Field on Friday, Oct.