Women’s Soccer Blanks Northeastern In CAA Opener

ELON, NC — Bethany Harford scored in the seventh minute and the Elon women’s soccer team never looked back as the Phoenix blanked Northeastern, 2-0, in its CAA opener Thursday at Rudd Field. With the victory, Elon improved to 5-2-2 on the year. The Huskies fell to 3-4-2.

“What a perfect way to open conference play,” said the head coach Neil Payne. “We have an enormous amount of respect for Northeastern, so we always knew it was going to be a tough game. It was important that we kept our discipline and were resilient. And more importantly, it was important that we managed the game, especially when we had a two-goal lead.”

THE RUNDOWN

  • Northeastern looked like it might score first when Porter Dooley intercepted a pass along the back line and fired off a shot from nine yards out, but McKenna Dalfonso made a diving save and the Elon defense cleared the ball out of danger. The shot ultimately proved to be the Huskies’ only one on frame for the entire match.
  • The Phoenix wasted little time mustering a counterattack, and in the seventh minute, Harford received a cross from Becky Myers and found the back of the net from point-blank range to give Elon a 1-0 lead.
  • The Phoenix dominated possession for the rest of the first half and well into the second. Then, in the 64th minute, it broke through for its second goal, as Rachel Buckle chased down a loose ball and sent a beautiful cross into the box that found the left foot of Ashlee Brehio.
  • The Huskies outshot Elon 5-2 the rest of the way, but the Phoenix defense held strong to complete the shutout.

NOTES

  • This marks the first time Elon has won its CAA opener since beating UNCW, 3-1, on Sept. 26, 2019.
  • The Phoenix’s shutout was its fourth of the season and its first in a CAA opener since a scoreless draw against Northeastern on Sept. 25, 2015.
  • The shutout was the 16th of Dalfonso’s career. She’s one shy of tying Tracy Shuford (1990-93) for the fourth most in school history.
  • Harford’s goal marked her second of the season, matching her career high, set in 2019.
  • Myers’ assist was her team-best third of the season, a new career high.
  • Brehio’s goal was her team-best fourth of the season. All four have come in the last five matches. That goal total is also the highest by an Elon freshman since Jessica Carrieri scored nine in 2019.

UP NEXT

  • The Phoenix will welcome CAA newcomer Monmouth to Rudd Field on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 1 pm

— ELON —

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