Women’s soccer hosts William and Mary in final home game of regular season

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ELON, North Carolina — Seeking to stay in contention for the CAA regular season title, Elon’s women’s soccer team hosts William and Mary at Rudd Field on Sunday for their final home game of the regular season. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Sitting 8-5-2 overall and 4-3 in CAA play, the Phoenix enters its final two regular season games tied with Towson for fourth place in CAA with 12 points. It also sits just two points behind Drexel, Monmouth and Northeastern for first place in the league.

COVER

HISTORY OF THE VS SERIES. WILLIAM & MARY

  • Elon is 3-3-2 all-time against William & Mary.
  • The Phoenix and Tribe battled to a scoreless tie at last year’s meeting in Williamsburg, Va. McKenna Dalfonso totaled eight saves, a career high for Elon.
  • Sunday’s game will be the first between the two teams at Rudd Field since a 3-2 win over Phoenix on Oct. 3, 2019. Kayla Hodges and Taylor Paradoski each scored to give Elon a 2-0 lead, and after the Tribe tied the game with a pair of goals in the final seven minutes of regulation time, Jessica Carrieri clinched the match winner in the 101st minute.

LAST TIME OUT

  • Abby Fusca scored in the seventh minute and the Phoenix never looked back en route to a dominating 2-0 win over Hampton on Thursday at Rudd Field.
  • Ashlee Brehio scored Elon’s other goal in the 59th minute, bouncing off a shot deflected by Beky Myers and ramming the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead.
  • The Phoenix’s 32 shots marked its most since 33 against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 9, 2021.
  • Hampton’s three shots were the fewest from an Elon opponent since Gardner-Webb netted three in the same game last season.
  • The shutout marked the Phoenix’s sixth of the season.

TO ATTACK

  • Elon’s 25 goals are the most in 15 appearances since the 2019 season opener with 36. That streak included an eight-goal effort against Hampton.
  • The Phoenix scored 21 goals all last season.
  • In Thursday’s matches, Elon ranked in the top 100 nationally in corner kicks per game (5.8, 57th), total number of goals (25, 82nd), shots on goal per game (6.47, 88th), total points (67, 94th), goals per game (1.67, 95th) and shots per game (13.73, 98th).
  • Eight players (Ashlee Brehio, Rachel Buckle, Jessica Carrieri, Abby Fusca, Bethany Harford, kennedy jones, Molly Mahony and isa murdock) scored, with Brehio leading with six goals. The Phoenix also benefited from two own goals.
  • The freshman trio of Brehio, Buckle and Murdock have been key to Elon’s success, combining for 21 (eight goals and five assists) of the Phoenix’s 47 points over the past 11 games. They have collected four points (two goals) in Elon’s first four matches.
  • The Phoenix entered the year looking to replace 66.7% (14 of 21) of their goals from last season, including their leading scorer in Carson Jones (six goals).

BREHIO’S ESCAPE

  • Despite being a real freshman, Ashlee Brehio leads Elon in goals (six), points (12), shots (37) and shots on goal (18).
  • The Hopkinton, NH native’s six goals are tied for third most by a Phoenix freshman since 2002 and are the most since Jessica Carrieri scored nine in 2019.
  • Brehio is looking to become the first freshman to lead Elon in goals since Meredith Christopher scored seven en route to being named the 2017 CAA Rookie of the Year.

THE BIG WEEK OF BEKY

  • Senior co-captain Beky Myers anchored Elon’s defense as they posted shutouts against Northeastern and Monmouth on September 22-25. For her efforts, she was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week and earned an honorable mention on the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week.
  • Myers notched an assist while playing all 90 minutes of Elon’s 2-0 win over Northeastern.
  • Myers followed up that effort with another standout performance in a 1-0 win over Monmouth, playing 79 minutes as the Phoenix handed the Hawks their second loss and first shutout in 10 games.
  • During the year, Myers played 1,186 minutes starting all 15 games. His five assists lead the team and are one more than his tally in his first three seasons.

FABULOUS FUSCA

  • Thursday’s game against Hampton marked the 78th in the Abby Fusca career, putting her in a tie at five for the sixth most outfielders in program history. Claire O’Keeffe (2009-12) and Chelsey Stark (2010-13) hold the record of 82.
  • Fusca’s 71 starts are also tied for sixth most by a Phoenix fielder since the stat began being tracked in 1992.
  • The fifth-year defenceman/midfielder has been sensational this season, posting career highs in goals (four), points (10), shots (25) and shots on goal (15) with an average of 79.2 minutes.

DOMINANT DALFONSO

  • With six shutouts this season, McKenna Dalfonso is up to 18 for his career, tied with Kris Porter (1986-87) for the second most in school history. Heather Kline holds the record of 20, set from 1988 to 1991.
  • Dalfonso’s six shutouts this season are tied for 36th in the nation.
  • Dalfonso’s career goals-against average of 1.13 is tied for fifth-best in Elon history (min. 25 games).
  • Dalfonso has recorded 3,735 career minutes, the sixth most by a Phoenix goaltender since the stat began being tracked in 1988. She is also tied for fourth among goaltenders in games started ( statistic maintained since 1992) and tied for eighth in games played at age 41.
  • Katrin Hauksdottir started in goal for Elon’s senior matchday match against Longwood on September 11. It was the first time an unnamed goaltender Dalfonso had started for the Phoenix since arriving on campus ahead of the spring 2021 season, a 33-game stretch.

KENNEDY CONSTANT

  • Midfielder kennedy jones played 1,221 of a possible 1,350 minutes (90.4%) this season. She is averaging 87.2 over 14 games and has hit 90 in eight of her last 11.
  • It comes after she played 688 minutes in 16 games (43 per game) as a true rookie last season.
  • says the head coach Neil Payne“As a team, we’ve been really impressed with Kennedy because we’ve asked her to adjust her game over the last year or so, and she’s bought into that. You can see the positive changes in her game which allow her to play at such a high level. We have been very impressed with the way she has adapted.”

CAA PRE-SEASON SURVEY AND ALL-CAA TEAM

  • Elon was chosen to finish sixth in the 2022 CAA preseason poll. UNCW was selected as the conference’s preseason favorite, garnering seven of 12 votes for first place.
  • Midfielder Abby Fusca and defender Katie Lowe earned an All-CAA preseason honorable mention.
  • Fusca started all 16 games she appeared in last season and finished fifth on the team in total points and tied for the team lead in assists with three. The Vienna, Va., native was second on the team in shots on goal and lasted 1,469 minutes on the field – third among Elon’s returns.
  • Lowe tied Fusca for the team lead in assists with three and started all 17 games on the backline for the Phoenix last fall. The Charlotte, North Carolina native played 1,546 minutes last year, the most among returning players. Lowe also received an All-CAA preseason honorable mention last season.

WILLIAM & MARY SCOUTING

  • The tribe is 6-6-4 overall and 2-2-3 in CAA play, tied for seventh in the league.
  • William & Mary was chosen to finish ninth in the CAA pre-season poll.
  • The Tribe went 4-9-3 overall and 2-4-3 in CAA play last season, finishing seventh in the league.
  • William & Mary is led by freshman Ivey Crain, who is third in the CAA in points (21), tied for third in goals (eight) and tied for ninth in assists ( five). Senior Kayleigh Shackford is tied for second in the league in assists with six.

NEXT

  • Elon will conclude the regular season with a trip to Towson next Sunday, October 23. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

— ELON —

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