ELON, N.C. -- Senior Daniel Lovitz's conversion on a penalty kick near the 85th minute helped Elon to a 2-1 victory against No. 6 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night. The win is tied for the highest-ranked victory for the Phoenix.
Elon improved to 12-4-1 after earning its first win against the Chanticleers (12-3) since 2000. The victory was also the maroon and gold's second against a top-10 opponent this season since a 1-0 win at home against then-No. 9 Wake Forest on Sept. 17.
Neither team could get on the scoreboard in the first half with limited opportunities on each side. Both teams went into the half scoreless with Coastal Carolina holding a slight 4-2 advantage on shots and leading the Phoenix overall in corners 3-1.
After Coastal keeper Devin Cook turned away a few early opportunities in the second stanza, the Phoenix took its first lead of the game in the 69th minute. James Brace, who had entered the game for the first time in the 64th minute, scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to put the Phoenix up 1-0. He took a feed from Charles Howard on a cross and sent the shot past Cook into the back right corner of the net.
The momentum was swayed the other way as the Chanticleers converted on the equalizer in the 78th minute. Justin Portillo fired a shot that was blocked by the defense, but Elon could not clear it and Ribeiro converted on the rebound to tie the match at 1-1.
Elon continued to fight back and prevented the Chanticleers from jumping out in front for the rest of the match. The Phoenix, meanwhile, continued to put offensive pressure on CCU with Lovitz being one of the main catalysts. He earned a penalty kick after being taken down on the left side in the box resulting into the first penalty kick attempt of the year. Lovitz then placed a low shot to the left on frame past Cook to put Elon up 2-1.
The goal was Lovitz's third of the season and ended up being his third game winner as the Phoenix held off the Chanticleers and gave Coastal Carolina its first loss since a 2-1 setback to then-No. 15 Charlotte on Sept. 6.
Both programs were knotted at 11-all in shots, but the Phoenix had a 9-7 advantage after halftime. Elon also narrowed the margin in corners, but was one shy of Coastal Carolina at 5-4.
No. 9 Penn State 2, Penn 1
PHILADELPHIA -- No. 9 Penn State men's soccer negotiated a difficult non-conference match at Penn on Tuesday night by defeating the Quakers 2-1 at Rhodes Field. Shane Campbell tapped home a rebound in the 84th minute to propel the Nittany Lions to victory.
In a 1-1 game where the momentum seemed to swing Penn's way, it was the Penn State (11-3-1, 5-0-0 Big Ten) who struck the game-winning goal. Mason Klerks uncorked a right-footed blast from 23 yards out that seemed destined for the left-side netting. Penn's Tyler Kinn saved the initial shot as Campbell pounced on the loose ball and sent it home for the game winner.
Earlier in the second half, the Nittany Lions used a 62nd-minute Eli Dennis goal assisted by Connor Maloney to take the lead, but Penn equalized nine minutes later.
In the 62nd minute, Maloney collected a cross and dashed to the penalty area, beating his defender in the process. The freshman midfielder sent a quick pass across the area to a rushing Dennis whose one-timer from 10 yards found the upper-right part of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Penn (6-7-1, 3-0-1 Ivy League) fought back in the 71st minute as Alex Reddy served a point-perfect cross to Alex Neumann, whose header found the back of the net. Penn entered the match on a five-match unbeaten streak (4-0-1).
In the 75th minute, Big Ten offensive player of the week Jordan Tyler nearly put Penn State ahead as he trapped a cross eight yards out and turned for a shot that was pushed aside by Kinn.