March 15, 2014

Campbell Downs Elon for Third Straight

from press release

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell took its second win in a row at home, defeating Elon 11-8 Saturday at Barker-Lane Stadium. Senior Taelar Errington led the Fighting Camel effort with four goals while classmate Brittany Kincer stopped 13 Phoenix shots.

The Camels (3-2) are now on a three-game winning streak after handing Elon (3-5) its second-straight loss.

"We asked the girls to change up the way we played on defense," head coach Dawn Easley said after the game. "Elon is well-coached and has a lot of phenomenal athletes. We made mistakes here and there and ultimately they didn't cost us the game, but the girls worked hard at the end. Elon is a very good team and I just think it suited us well for us to be able to win because of how hard they played."

Both teams were scoreless for the first 13:03, the longest a CU game has opened without a goal this season. Sophomore Erica Hitch ended the drought, netting an unassisted goal in the 14th minute of play to put the Camels up by one.

Elon's Sloane Kessler put in two straight goals within a minute of each other to give the Phoenix the 2-1 lead with 11:50 to go in the half, their only lead of the game.

Day answered only nine seconds later, winning the draw control and streaking down the field to fire a shot past Phoenix keeper Rachel Ramirez to knot the score at two.

Errington then notched back-to-back scores, both in the 19th minute, putting CU ahead 4-2.

The Camels netted four more in a row, with senior Cloey Henchcliffe, freshman Grace Boyce, Day, and Errington each netting one in the run, giving CU their largest lead of the game, 8-2.

Kessler earned her third goal with 1:12 left before intermission, and the Phoenix went into the break down 8-3.

Elon came out of the break hot, scoring three-straight goals in five minutes, cutting the Camel lead to 8-6.

Henchcliffe ended the Phoenix run at the 22:58 mark to extend CU's lead to three.

Each team netted two more in the half, and the final 11 minutes of action were scoreless. Kincer stopped three Elon shots in that time to secure the 11-8 Campbell win.

Both squads finished with 12 turnovers, while Campbell had the 11-10 edge on draw controls. The Camels took 32 shots to Elon's 25, but the Phoenix picked up 19 ground balls to CU's 12.

The Camels are on the road for the next three games. CU travels to George Mason on Fri., March 21 and to St. Joseph's the following Sunday. The team opens league action Sat., March 29 at Coastal Carolina.

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