Thursday, October 25, 2007

English sets record in 2-0 win

Bevin English became the all-time Davidson leader in career shutouts Thursday night when the Wildcats defeated Elon 2-0. Heading into the match, English was tied with current assistant coach Winnie Corrigan and .5 shutouts behind Allison Noznesky.

Davidson's first goal came off a corner kick from Nancy Haskell in the first half. Allison Drutchas had been taking corners in Haskell's stead for the last game and a half, but the move to put Haskell back in her original proved advantageous. The senior tri-captain sent a beautiful ball into the box where Suzanne Sittko sent it caroming off an Elon defender and into the net.

On the night, Davidson put 22 shots while allowing only six. After the Phoenix seemingly got their best shot at tying the game with a direct shot on English, the Wildcat offense was able to respond with a strong attack, some nifty passes and a beautiful finish by Kyri Bye-Nagel to put Davidson up 2-0.

Despite the wet conditions, Davidson was able to control the ball and keep the Phoenix on their heels for most of the game.

It seemed fitting that English would break the shutout record on a night when she was never really tested in the box.

"This record doesn't really belong to me," English said. "The defensive players in front of me deserve a lot of credit. They are the ones who are doing most of the work and they don't get any statistics to show for it."

On this night, Haskell and Chloe King both stepped up with several big defensive stops, while Courtney Hart and Sophie Funderburk helped the Wildcats control the midfield.

English was the already the SoCon's leader in shutouts on the season, and she is now tied with Corrigan for the most shutouts in a single season.

Davidson will now travel to Chattanooga to take on a Moc team that recently fell to Elon 7-1.

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