September 06, 2017
By: Tom Meikrantz
My wife, mother-in-law and I were at Elon University in North Carolina, to see my daughter Caylin's soccer team play for the first time. They tied Western Carolina 1-1 Thursday night, then were scheduled to host the 20th ranked, North Carolina State, Sunday night but that was postponed until Monday night because State's game Friday was pushed back to Saturday due to rain and they can't play two days in a row. The Wolfpack certainly showed why they're ranked, beating Elon 5-0. On the upside the lopsided score prompted the coach to empty the bench and Caylin played the final 12 minutes. Obviously that made the long trip and extended weekend more worthwhile. Elon is now 3-2-1 on the season.
It's quite a change from high school to Division 1 and from the Lehigh Valley to rural North Carolina. As a parent it was both strange and neat seeing her in a different uniform, stadium and facing such quality teams. Looking ahead Elon will host William & Mary the first weekend in October. Another exciting moment because that means Caylin will oppose former Northwestern star, Sarah Segan again. Segan is a redshirt sophomore and a pre-season All-Colonial Athletic Conference selection. That match is part of Parents Weekend, which we plan on attending and also includes a home football game with William & Mary.
Elon has local ties to our Lehigh Valley area in football. Former Whitehall head coach Tony Trisciani, is the assistant head coach. Former Lehigh offensive coordinator Drew Folmar is on the staff as well. Former Lehigh head coach Pete Lembo, led Elon to its only postseason appearance in 2009. Helps make you feel at home, doesn't it?