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The Eagles finished their Midwest road trip with an overtime loss to Trinity Christian College ranked No. 22. Even though the Eagles had better stats from the game with 14 shots and seven corners, the Eagles could not take the win. During the first half, the Eagles had the advantage as they shot at the Trolls 6-3 in the period. Senior Parker Lee (Kennewick, WA) led the Eagles with attacking to get three shots towards the goal, but could not make one past the goalie. Senior Caitlyn Aaron (Flower Mound, TX) stopped a shot from the Trolls attack easily as the half went down scoreless. In the second half, the Eagles pressured the Trolls heavily as senior Maddy Mak (Renton, WA) hit a screaming drive at the goal, which was a little too high. Senior Erica Heil (Anchorage, AK) made a run at the box with eight minutes to go, but missed her shot on the goal frame. After freshman Katy Hyde (Denton, TX) took one last shot, hitting the crossbar, the Trolls ran down the pitch and scored the only game point with 3:36 left in the half.
Finally, back on their home pitch, the Eagles kept up their winning streak against Arizona Christian University as the Eagles won 2-0 after sophomore Mackenzie Osther (San Diego, CA) played amazing defense. Junior Riley Martinson (Deer Park, WA) scored the lone goal in the first half from just inside the box before senior Parker Lee (Kennewick, WA) tried to push for another goal but her shot was just outside. With a scare from ACU’s Casey Grub as she hit the crossbar on her first show, her teammate Roshonda Blackwood broke through the Eagle’s defense but was stopped by a save from Osther late in the first half. ACU missed another two shots before the half was closed with the Eagles still 1-0. Osther finished the game with six saves,a season high for her. Freshman Katy Hyde (Denton, TX) scored the only goal of the second half with an assist from Martinson to help the Eagles to a 2-0 win. The Eagles are now 3-3-2 for their season.
The Eagles got their fourth win of the season against Arizona Christian University with a grueling score of 3-2. With ERAU pressuring the Firestorm’s back line, junior Jacob Baker (Graham, WA) played a magical no-look back heel pass to senior Mason Laaksonen (Austin, TX), who slid it by ACU’s goalie to collect his fourth goal of the season. Due to the pressure by the Eagles, they forced turnover after turnover and provided five corners.On their last, junior Simon Jensen (Boras, Sweden) played the corner to a near post where sophomore Ethan Carlson (Edgewood, WA) had a head up on everyone as he scored a goal with a headshot to take the Eagles to a 2-0 lead into half time. In the second half, the Eagles became good ball hogs and junior Stefano Recinos (Los Angeles, CA) passed it in for the third goal of the night. Knowing how the score goes down, with just ten minutes left to go, Firestorm drew a penalty and passed it by the diving freshman Michal Serdynski (Szczecin, Poland) and made their first goal of the night. Three minutes later, Firestorm’s Valenzuela yet again snuck behind our defense and beat the freshman keeper to bring the score within one. With just over a minute to play, Firestorm kicked the ball up and was blocked,only to be placed at another ACU player’s feet; and who then took another shot and was blocked again by Serdynski to hold on to the victory.
On a road trip to the Valley, the Eagles suffered a blow by Ottawa University as they fell 3-1. At first, the men’s soccer team outshot the Spirits in the first half by four shots, but neither team could make a goal. The Spirits had the advantage with corner kicks in the first half, having two over the Eagles’ one. Freshman Lucas Garcia (Barcelona, Spain) picked up his second yellow card of the season within 28 minutes of the start of the game. First blood went to Ottawa University eight minutes into the second half with a goal by Jordan Riley of Ottawa. His teammate Gennaro would follow up with another goal 14 minutes later to put the Spirits up 2-0. Senior Mason Laaksonen (Austin, TX) finally got the Eagles to their feet as their only goal of the game was in the 73rd minute. This was Laaksonen’s fifth goal of the season and third consecutive game scoring. In the end, it wasn’t enough as the Spirits scored their final goal by Venutolo only seconds before the game ended, dropping the Eagles to 4-2-1 on the season.
The destruction of the Park University Buccaneers was led by junior Caylee Robalin (El Paso, TX) who had 19 kills and a 0.692 attacking percentage, separated throughout the three games, as she started off with four kills in the first and a big block. Starting out in game one, the Eagles racked up eight points right off the bat with junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ) setting up seven assists. The attack from the Eagles was the best yet of the season at 0.611, and never on the line about who would take the first game. Game two was a nail biter as neither team could hold the lead for longer than one or two points until finally, the Eagles began to pull away and take their second win. In the final game, sophomore Terra Gordon (San Antonio, TX) sent five straight serves over to take the lead back after a 6-3 start. Senior Audrey Baldwin continues with her 30+ assist streak through game nine.
The first California Pacific Conference match of the season was over before it even began as the Eagles broke the hopes of Marymount-California University with team scores of (25-20), (25-14), and (25-9). These wins now bring the Eagle’s streak to 36 consecutive wins within the conference. Only once during the tournament did the Eagles trail and still, only by one point. Junior Caylee Robalin (El Paso, TX) led the Eagles again, being a powerhouse with 12 kills and an attack clip of 0.370. Junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ) forced 13 points onto the board of which 11 were kills. Sophomore Kat Yung (Phoenix, AZ) kept the ball alive during the matches which led to 24 digs,a new career high for a three-set match. Senior Audrey Baldwin (Santa Barbara, CA) extended her assist streak to 10 straight matches now with 562 assists in and well on her way to break the 1000+ record again this season.
Even though the Eagles started out with two losses in the five set match, they came back strong, finishing off La Sierra University with three wins. Junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ) led the rally with 18 kills after the Eagles woke up from a massive blow by their rivals attacking at 0.600. Junior Caylee Robalin (El Paso, TX) finished the matches with 15 kills while also helping Clark and sophomore Kat Yung (Phoenix, AZ) with a total of 36 digs. The Eagles started getting into their groove, as in the fourth set, they had an efficient attack rate of 0.226. The last set was the Eagles’ best as they got their games together and won by 10 with an attack of 0.421. Senior Audrey Baldwin (Santa Barbara, CA) is now at her 30+ assist streak to 11 matches and sophomore Julia Kjenstad (Tacoma, WA) led the Eagles with three blocks.
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The Eagles took advantage of the perfect running weather to bring home the team trophy against rival Arizona Christian, starting at the shotgun at 7:30am. To win a team title in cross country, the top five runners on each team have their time added to each other’s to determine the fastest team overall. Though four schools brought their best runners, only one had a big enough team to compete against our runners. The Eagles took hold of three of the top five individual spots with junior Grady Kerst (Au Train, MI) taking first with a time of 27:18, junior Lucas English (Fenton, MI) close behind with 27:34, and freshman Jacob Kaufmann (Saugus, CA) with a 27:50. The next race for the Eagles will be held at the Mustang Invitational by The Master’s University on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 7:45am with the women.
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With their sixth annual invitational, the Women’s Cross-Country team started at the shotgun at 8:15am. While four other schools participated in the event, only the Eagles had enough runners to form a team,therefore winning the team title. Dominating their invite, the runners placed in the first eight spots with sophomore Ariana Anderson (Torrance, CA) finishing first with a time of 19:04, senior Emma Lewis (Flower Mound, TX) following with a 20:46, and freshman Emily Simon in third with a 20:48 time. Due to the current construction on campus, the course has slightly changed, but still contains hills on a whopping 95% dirt path. The next race for the women is at the Mustang Invitational hosted by The Master’s University on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 7:45am.
The second tournament of the season was hosted by NCAA Division 2 team Western New Mexico at the Golf Club of Estrella. With the threat of storms and flash flooding hitting the course both days, the storms held off for one day staying hot and sunny. The Eagles shot a team score of 305 on day one and 314 on day two to place eighth out of 18 teams, 17 of which are NCAA. Senior Jessica Williams (Phoenix, AZ) was late to the party with a 77 on day one and a 71, one under par, on day two to jump 32 spots to tie for fourth individually. Sophomore Kendall McBean (Mesa, AZ) played consistently with two 77s in the bag to tie for 25th. Senior Megan Hessil (Franklin, WI) lead the Eagles on day one with a 75 but struggled through day two to finish 50th while Freshman Cami Culp (Spokane, WA) shot 77 on day one to come in tied for 51st after day two. The Eagles fly to Idaho for their third tournament of the season, the Frontier Conference Invite at Lewiston Country Club, September 30-31.
ERAU _-7The men’s golf team suffered through the bipolar weather at Moon Valley Golf Course with the rain and storms switching on and off, but persevered through. They took fourth out of seven teams, losing to conference rivals Ottawa by 68 strokes, and ACU by 34 strokes. With solid team scores in rounds one (301) and three (299), the men could not get a handle on the constant delays that plagued round two, eventually taking a team score of 315. Finishing the tournament for the 18th spot is senior Kyle Peterson (Phoenix, AZ) going 226. Next in line was sophomore Connor Wallace (Fish Camp, CA) tied for 19th with two 74s and 79 (227). Our last three Eagles dropped a few places with junior Joseph Allen (Gig Harbor, WA) with a total score of 229, senior Zack Johnson (Buckeye, AZ) with a 233 and junior Sean Poling (Phoenix, AZ) with a 243. The Eagles fly to Idaho for their third tournament of the season, the Frontier Conference Invite at Lewiston Country Club, September 30-31.