UNCW women and Elon play to 1-1 draw

UNCW women and Elon play to 1-1 draw

ELON, North Carolina – UNCW opened its Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer schedule Thursday night by earning a 1-1 draw against Elon at Rudd Field.

The tie moved the Seahawks' record to 4-5-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the CAA. Meanwhile, the Phoenix is now 7-2-2 overall with an identical 0-0-1 record in league play.

Redshirt freshman forward Nikki Cox gave UNCW a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute when she converted a pass from senior forward Serenity Waters for her first goal of the season.

But, the Seahawks' lead was short-lived as the Phoenix evened the score less than four minutes later when freshman midfielder Carson Jones knocked in a rebound of a shot by freshman forward Meredith Christopher for her third goal of the year.

UNCW had the only three shot attempts in the overtime periods, but was unable to break the tie as senior goalkeeper Hanna Macaulay fashioned one of her nine saves during extra time.

Freshman goalkeeper Sydney Schneider matched her season high with seven saves as the Seahawks held a commanding 24-12 advantage in shots.

Coach Paul Cairney Says: "I thought tonight was one of our best games this season in terms of controlling the tempo and possession. We have to finish the chances that we create. I thought our team played well for long spells. Elon is a well-coached and organized team and I thought they took advantage of the opportunities they were given to them. I feel good about getting a point on the road and now, we recover and regenerate to get ready for a very good Hofstra team on Sunday."

Game Notes:

?  The Seahawks extended their unbeaten streak over the Phoenix to 13 straight games, but had a 12-game win streak snapped in the all-time series.

?  UNCW is now 1-0-2 in its three overtime games this season. The Seahawks also earned a tie against Old Dominion on Sept. 7 before a 2-1 victory over Appalachian State two days later.

?  Four of the Seahawks' last five games have been decided by one goal or less with three overtime contests.

?  Cox scored her first goal since a two-goal effort against UMBC on Aug. 28, 2016. It was the seventh goal of her college career.

?  The Seahawks attempted a season-high 24 shots in Thursday's contest against Elon. It is the highest single-game shot total for UNCW since taking 25 attempts at South Carolina State last year.

?  UNCW was called for 16 fouls against the Phoenix, matching its season high.

Up Next: The Seahawks continue their CAA schedule on Sunday, Sept. 24, with a 1 p.m. contest at Hofstra.

College Women's Soccer: UNCW 1, Elon 1 (2OT)

UNCW 0 1 0 0 - 1

Elon 0 1 0 0 - 1

Goals: UNCW – Nikki Cox (53:11); ELON – Carson Jones (57:02). Assists: UNCW – Serenity Waters; ELON – Meredith Christopher. Saves: UNCW – Sydney Schneider 7 (110:00, 1 goals allowed); ELON – Hanna Macaulay 9 (110:00, 1 goals allowed). Shots: UNCW – 24; ELON – 12. Corner Kicks: UNCW – 7; ELON – 8. Attendance: 597.