PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – The Elon University men’s soccer team earned a point in the Colonial Athletic Association game against Drexel for a scoreless draw on Saturday, October 2 afternoon at Vidas Field.
The draw was the first of the season for the Phoenix, which has gone to 5-4-1 overall this year and 2-1-1 in the CAA. The Dragons have gone to 4-4-1 and 2-1-1 in the league.
The Dragons opened the game with a 5-0 lead over the Phoenix in the first 20 minutes of action. Only one of those attempts was on the frame, which came from Michael McCarty’s eighth-minute try, but he was saved by Elon’s keeper Pierre Wentzel.
Elon finally got his first shots of the game in the 31st minute like Seth hammond had a pair of shots, but both were off target. The Dragons entered the break with a 5-2 lead in shots and took the only two corners of the first half.
At the start of the second half, Elon started to push the momentum towards his favor. Jalen Time Spoon had Elon’s first shot on goal in the 46e minute, but Drexel’s Cameron Sanders made his first save of the game.
The Phoenix took a huge advantage in the 54e minute as Drexel’s Youri Senden received a red card for a free-field tackle on an Elon attack. Elon put pressure on the Dragons with his power play, passing Drexel 7-1 from then until settlement ended. However, only Jack edwards attempt in the 86e minute was on the frame as the game went into overtime still scoreless.
The two teams combined for two shots in the two extra sessions. A red card on the Phoenix in the 95e minute put the two teams on a level playing field, but neither could find the elusive golden goal as the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
• Elon ended the game by winning the shooting battle, 11-8, with three shots on goal. The Dragons had six corners against two for Elon.
• Scott Vatne managed three shots off the bench to lead Elon to his first game since September 5 against the UTRGV. Vatne played 58 minutes during the day
• The Phoenix faced 20 players in the game, with each player spending at least 12 minutes on the field.
• Pierre Wentzel recorded his fifth shutout of the season, CAA’s best. Sanders made three saves for Drexel.
The Phoenix travel to Durham to take on Duke in a non-conference clash on Tuesday, October 5. This match is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
– ELON –