WILMINGTON, North Carolina – No. 15 UNCW used goals from sophomore midfielder Phillip Goodrum and freshman forward Emil Elveroth to build a 2-0 lead as the Seahawks won their fourth straight game, a 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Phoenix at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The win allowed the Seahawks to improve to 7-1-0 on the season while remaining undefeated in league play with a 3-0-0 mark. Elon, meanwhile, saw its eight-game unbeaten streak snapped while its record falls to 3-1-5 overall and 0-1-2 in the CAA.
Goodrum, the reigning CAA Player-of-the-Week, gave UNCW a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute when he took a quick pass from sophomore defender Jamil Gracia and netted his team-high fifth goal of the season on a shot from 12 yards.
Elveroth upped the advantage to 2-0 lead with 25:48 remaining with his second goal of the season with a header off assists from juniors Ben Fisher and Matt Gianfortone.
Elon ended the Seahawks’ shutout bid with two minutes remaining when sophomore forward Tuki Tayali headed in his first goal of the season.
Redshirt junior Ryan Cretens made two saves in the win for the Seahawks, who outshot Elon by an 8-4 margin.
Redshirt junior Matthew Jegier, who entered the game ranked fourth in NCAA Division I with a 0.22 goals against average, notched two saves for the Phoenix.
Up Next: The Seahawks welcome former CAA rival VCU to UNCW Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 30, for a 7 p.m. non-conference contest.
College Men’s Soccer: No. 15 UNCW 2, Elon 1
Elon 0 1 - 1
UNCW 1 1 - 2
Goals: ELON – Tuki Tayali (88:00); UNCW – Phillip Goodrum (38:02), Emil Elveroth (64:12). Assists: ELON – Billy Beresford; UNCW – Jamil Gracia, Ben Fisher, Matt Gianfortone. Saves: ELON – Matthew Jegier 2 (90:00, 2 goals allowed); UNCW – Ryan Cretens 2 (90:00, 1 goals allowed). Shots: ELON – 4; UNCW – 8. Corner Kicks: ELON – 1; UNCW – 2. Attendance: 956.