Charleston, S.C. – Andrea Davila and Lea Raedle both scored their first collegiate goals to lift The Citadel to a 2-1 victory over Elon in a Southern Conference women's soccer
The Bulldogs improved to 3-5-2 overall and 1-2 in the SoCon while the Phoenix lost for just the second time and dropped to 6-2-3 and 1-1-1 in the league. The Citadel has two wins and a tie against Elon over the past four seasons.
Raedle's goal 10 minutes into the second half broke a 1-1 tie and helped the Bulldogs remain undefeated in five home games this season (3-0-2). The freshman took a pass from Ana Mesa and chipped it past Elon goalkeeper Sydney Branson into an open net to give The Citadel the lead for good.
The five-game unbeaten streak at home is the longest for The Citadel in a single season in
The Phoenix had tied the game just seven minutes earlier when Olivia Mackey delivered a corner into the box, and after the ball deflected off several players, Marissa Russo put it past Naomi Carter for her second goal of the year.
"I am very happy that the girls continue to work so hard and play for each other," said Bulldog head coach Bob Winch.
The Citadel took a 1-0 lead with just 1:58 remaining in the first half when a cross by Raedle bounced off the post and right to Davila, who tapped it in. That goal came against Elon starting netminder Kate Murphy.
The Phoenix outshot the Bulldogs by a 21-9 margin with Carter making seven saves. The duo of Murphy and Branson did not made a save for Elon as the Bulldogs finished with just two shots on goal, both of which found the back of the net.
The Citadel continues its two-game Parents' Weekend homestand with a Sunday contest at 2 p.m. against UNCG. Prior to the game with the Spartans, the Bulldogs will honor seniors Mariana Garcia, Sarah Katchen, Ruth Leiva, Nicole Levermann and Jill Meyer.