Dolphins Fall To Elon In Tight Contest

Dolphins Fall To Elon In Tight Contest

JACKSONVILLE, Fla- The Jacksonville University women's soccer team fell to Elon 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Southern Oak Stadium, in a game largely decided by action occurring in the first half of play.

The duel included a weather delay that paused action in the 75th minute, halting the game for one hour and 29 minutes before play resumed just after 4:00 p.m.

An early spark by Elon's front line allowed the Phoenix to take control in the first half, scoring mid-way through the opening period, and then planting a go-ahead goal just before halftime.

"Defensively, we've got to fix some things up," head coach Brian Copham said. "When we play good teams like Elon, we know what they're trying to do. We have to make sure we're one step ahead on the defensive side of the ball."

Freshman forward Meredith Christopher started the scoring for the Phoenix, putting a ball in position to roll into the back left of the net in the 15th minute.

The Dolphins' equalizer came just eight minutes later, as Joëlle d'Entremont dribbled and scored on a ball that was passed forward by Lauren Short. Short collected her first-ever collegiate point with the assist, and helped to give d'Entremont, the 2017 ASUN Preseason Player of the Year, her second goal in as many games this season.

Capping off a period that included 15 combined shots, Elon took the lead with just under a minute left to play on a header from Susannah Anderson just inches from the goal, capitalizing on a corner kick from Christopher.

The Phoenix' offense continued to hold strong into the second half, limiting the Dolphins' efforts to play the ball in opposing territory, and out-shooting them 5-0. 

Sophomore net-minder Micaela MacKay made her second start of the 2017 season in between the posts for the Dolphins, notching five saves, and ultimately dropping to 1-1 on the year.

"It will be good to have a long week of training," Copham said.  "We'll be able to recover early, and then start getting back to work. I think the urgency and the intensity has got to be there heading into next week."

With the loss, Jacksonville drops to 1-1 following the opening weekend of the 2017 regular season, while Elon improves to 2-0.

Following a pair of games played in three days, the JU will now prepare for its next non-conference test, as UNC Asheville will travel to Southern Oak Stadium for a match on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2:00 p.m.