DURHAM, N.C. – Behind a pair of header targets from sophomore Scott Vatne and graduate pupil Michael Clow, the Elon College males’s soccer group opened its 2022 marketing campaign with a 2-0 victory over Milwaukee within the Phoenix’s first match on the John Rennie Nike Traditional on Friday, Aug. 26, at Koskinen Stadium.
“I believe it is an incredible begin,” stated Elon head coach Marc Reeves. “It was an incredible win as a result of they’re a very good facet and we performed fairly effectively. We have been capable of rating a pair of incredible targets after which hold in there on the finish, which is what it’s essential do to get outcomes on a impartial website and on opening day with the warmth.”
The Phoenix acquired on the board first within the opening body because of Vatne’s objective within the 20th minute. The sophomore from Klepp, Norway, headed in a cross from Kasper Lehm close to the again publish to place the maroon and gold forward 1-0.
Each groups solely had another shot for the rest of the opening stanza after that time, which got here from Milwaukee’s Kasper Davidsson within the 32nd minute. The midfielder was turned away by keeper Ryan Bilichuk for his first save of the match as Elon went into the break forward 1-0.
Simply over 11 minutes into the second half, Elon doubled its lead with Clow’s header objective. The Phoenix earned a nook kick that was deflected again into play by the Panthers’ protection. Elon’s Jeppe Jordoson recovered and despatched a go to Vemund Gap Vik who in flip despatched a cross into the field from the suitable facet. The go discovered the top of Clow close to the highest of the six-yard space because the Leola, Pa., native put the Phoenix forward 2-0.
Milwaukee grew to become the group on the assault because the Panthers had 5 pictures over the following quarter-hour in comparison with one for the Phoenix. The lone one on body nonetheless got here within the 64th minute by Milwaukee’s Joshua Kidder, who fired a shot to Bilichuk, however the netminder was capable of knock the ball away for his second save of the match.
Elon nearly went up 3-0 within the 77th minute because the Phoenix’s Victor Stromsten discovered himself one-on-one with the keeper on a breakaway. The Panther’s keeper Nick Chiappa was capable of pressure Stromsten right into a troublesome look earlier than corralling the ball for the save.
Neither group had a shot on objective the rest of the match because the Phoenix held on for the 2-0 victory.
• Milwaukee received the general shot battle, 11-7, over the Phoenix with each groups having three pictures on course.
• Bilichuk made three saves between the posts in his debut for the Phoenix.
• This was the primary matchup on the soccer pitch for each groups.
• Elon has opened on the John Rennie Nike Traditional at Duke College for eight of the previous 9 seasons. Over that point, Elon has a 10-3-3 document versus its opponents.
• 4 gamers made their debut within the beginning lineup for the Phoenix – Bilichuk, Clow, Franc Gamiz Quer and Majaliwa Msabaha. Three of these gamers, Bilichuk, Clow and Gamiz Quer – are graduate college students.
Elon is again on the pitch this Sunday, Aug. 28, for its finale on the match versus San Diego. That recreation is slated for a 12 p.m. kickoff.
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