Sports Update Sept. 18

Cross Country M (7) W (9)

Mark Covert Classic

Fullerton, CA

Sept. 1, 2019

ERAU Men — 7 of 19

ERAU Women — 9 of 21

The Mark Covert Classic was hosted by Cal State Fullerton, supporting NAIA, and NCAA Division 1 and 2 teams. Both men’s and women’s teams outran all other NAIA teams in their opening run, finishing only behind the NCAA teams. The men were anchored by junior Grady Kerst from Au Train, Michigan who finished ninth individually with an opening time of 25:18. To follow was junior Luke English with a time of 25:47 and two freshman racing well for their first collegiate race finishing under 26:40, Jacob Kaufmann from Saugus, California and Jacob Block from Gilbert, Arizona.

Picking up for the women where she left off from last year as one of the California Pacific Conference’s best was sophomore Ariana Anderson from Torrance, California, finishing fourth individually with a time of 18:04. Up next was freshman Emily Simon from Peoria, Arizona, running her first collegiate 5k with a time of 19:12.3 earning her 35thindividually. Senior Emma Lewis from Flower Mound, Texas, came back to action after over a year off and finished with a time of 20:02.7.

ERAU’s next race is at the Embry-Riddle Invitational on Sept. 14, starting at 7:30 a.m. MST with the men’s 8k and the women following at 8:15 a.m. with a 5k.

Volleyball 2-3

Gilbert, AZ

Sept. 6, 2019

ERAU – 3 and 0

The Embry-Riddle women’s volleyball team finished their fifth tournament off with a big “W” beating the Buccaneers from Park University 3 and 0. This is their second tournament win  of five since the start of the season. Finishing the tournament with a 0.552 hitting percentage on 18 kills, junior Elisa Pauzer from Campinas, Brazil played well in the first set with five kills. During the second set, the Buccaneers provided nine errors to be dominated by the Eagles 14-1 with only a 0.111 clip and 7 kills. During the final set, the Eagles attacked harder with a 0.279 percentage with 15 kills led by junior Caylee Robalin from El Paso, Texas and junior Sharik Joseph from San Diego, California, each with four kills. While Clark led the match with 11 kills, senior Audrey Baldwin from Santa Barbara, California set herself up with 37 assists. Only Pauzer was able to reach double digits in kills. The Eagles played again on Sept.r 11 against Arizona Christian in Phoenix.

Women’s Soccer 2-1-2

Surprise, Arizona

Sept. 6, 2019

ERAU – 1 and 0

The Eagles fought a hard game to get back into the winning column beating Ottawa University by 1 goal posted by sophomore Sierra Vicente from Las Vegas, Nevada. At the start of the game two shots were sent wide before Vicente scored the only goal in the first half. During the second half, the Eagles controlled the pitch, putting up eight shots and three corner kicks, during which senior Erica Heil from Anchorage, Alaska, sent her shot off the crossbar and out. Freshman Katy Hyde from Denton, Texas, played an aggressive second half, tiring the goalkeeper with four shots and two needing to be saved by the goalie. The Eagles notched their fourth shutout of the season with mentions of senior Caitlyn Aaron from Flower Mound, Texas, senior Parker Lee from Kennewick, Washington and the back line of defenders providing the structure and support for their victory. The women’s soccer team will take on Grace College No. 15 in the Midwest next.

Men’s Soccer 2-1-2

Prescott, Arizona

Sept. 8, 2019

ERAU – 3 and 1

The men’s soccer team had a surprising upset again Southern Oregon University, ranked number 13. Senior Mason Laaksonen from Austin, Texas, scored twice in the first half to help take home the first win at home in 2019. The early goals forced the Raiders to play over the top of the Eagles midfield, causing them to kick into gear just after junior Simon Jensen from Boras, Sweden, found sophomore Chiedu Ikeme from Inverness, Scotland, to hold off the Raiders. Southern Oregon ripped a shot that could not be stopped, providing their only goal. The Eagles began to elevate their game as the clock approached the end. Not only did sophomore Pedro Mena from Almeria, Spain, destroy the hopes of the Raiders as he cleared a shot to seal the win, but both teams decided 10 yellow cards and 1 straight red card would satisfy their competitiveness. The Eagles played at Park University on Sept. 14 at 2:00 p.m. MST on Varsity Field.

Women’s Golf 1

Gilbert, Arizona

Sept. 11 – Sept. 12, 2019

ERAU – 1 of 3

Another year, another win to start off the season for the Women’s Golf team. Senior Jessica Williams from Tucson, Arizona, started off the Eagles following the Men’s team on day one. After a grueling six-hour round, Williams, freshmen Cami Culp from Spokane, Washington, and Hannah Spiller from Thatcher, Arizona, brought in the low round of the day, tying for first with scores of 73. Following up their rounds on day two, Williams took home another individual champion title with an even par of 71, Culp with a 74 and Spiller with a 79.  Sophomore Kendall McBean from Mesa, Arizona went 75-74, senior Megan Hessil from Franklin, Wisconsin, went 76-79, senior Tana House from Columbus, Montana, went 84-80 and freshman Loe Sheaffer went 85-81. With two team scores of 294 and 298, the Womens’ golf team took home the team trophy, and the top four spots: Williams first, Culp second, McBean third and Spiller fourth.

Men’s Golf 7

Gilbert, Arizona

Sept. 11 – Sept. 12, 2019

ERAU – 7 of 7

The Men’s golf team struggled this tournament. Both days hitting a score of 306, the Eagles took last in the Desert Classic. Taking top ten was senior Kyle Peterson from Peoria, Arizona with a round of 72 in day one and 66 in round two. Sophomore Conner Wallace from Fish Camp, California, played as an individual shooting 75 in day one and 71 in day two. Junior Joseph Allen from Gig Harbor, Washington took a 77 on day one and senior Zack Johnson a 76 on day two. Junior LJ Kruszewski from Albuquerque, New Mexico, went 79-75. Sophomore Sean Poling from Phoenix, Arizona, shot a 77 in the first round playing as an individual. Overall, the men’s golf team struggled to adjust to the Bermuda, Phoenix course.