Sports Update

Golf

Men’s

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Lewiston, Idaho

ERAU 5 of 7

The Eagles struggled against a strong field made up of teams used to the frigid morning temperatures. Going low in their first round on day one, the Eagles could not keep up with the pace they set for their second round but came back strong on the last day shooting 298-312-304 to take fifth overall. Junior Joseph Allen (Gig Harbor, WA) led the Eagles tying for 16th with a total score of 12 over par shooting 72-80-76. Senior Kyle Peterson (Peoria, AZ) tied for 18th constantly improving playing 79-77-73 at 13 over par. Sophomore Connor Wallace (Fish Camp, CA) played consistent golf with a 78-77-76 to tie for 22 with junior Sean Poling (Phoenix, AZ) and senior Zack Johnson (Buckeye, AZ) having a solid score of 74 in the first round, and 79 in the second round. 

Oct. 7 – 8

Prescott, Arizona

ERAU 3 of 9

Even with the home field advantage, the Eagles have some work to do to outplay their conference rival Arizona Christian University. While 24 strokes back of the lead, the men were only seven back of their rivals with solid team scores of 298-285-297 to come in third overall. Senior Kyle Peterson (Peoria, AZ) tied for third place with a combined score of one under par shooting 70-69-73. Next in line was junior Sean Poling (Phoenix, AZ) tying for fifth place at three over par going 74-71-71. Juniors Joseph Allen (Gig Harbor, WA) and L.J. Kruszewski (Chesapeake, VA) placed in the top 17 whiles being 13 over par. Freshman Alex Lasalarie (St. Pierre, France) played consistently to shoot 14 over par and placing 22nd. Seniors Lewis Breslin (Glasgow, Scotland) and Zack Johnson (Buckeye, AZ) had solid scores of 76 and 78 amongst their three rounds. The men play at Las Sendas Golf Course in Mesa on November 4-5 for the National Fall Preview where the NAIA National Tournament will be held.

Women’s

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Lewiston, Idaho

ERAU 1 of 7

Traveling North to Lewiston, Idaho, the Eagles made a come back after finishing round one in second place, to taking the lead after round two by seven strokes over Rocky Mountain College ranked 9th in the NAIA. The cold weather in the morning at 40 degrees was not enough to stop the Eagles as they went 319-307. Freshman Cami Culp (Spokane, WA) placed third overall with scores of 79-74, with the low round on day two for a total of nine over par. Senior Jessica Williams (Phoenix, AZ) placed fourth at ten over par playing 76-78. Sophomore Kendall McBean and senior Megan Hessil (Franklin, WI) forced their way into the top 15 with strong second rounds at 79 and 76, respectively. Freshman Hannah Spiller (Thatcher, AZ) played consistent golf, tying for 17th providing a low score in round one to help the Eagles take home their second victory of the season.

Oct. 7 – 8

Prescott, Arizona

ERAU 1 of 7

The Eagles have taken their third win of the season on their home turf at Antelope Hills Golf Course – North. Playing 36 holes on day one, the Eagles shot one of their lowest team scores of the year at 294 and 301 for round two, following up their last day with a 298 beating the nearest team by 37 strokes. Senior Jessica Williams (Phoenix, AZ) defended her individual champion title for the third straight home tournament, second on this course shooting 71-73-71 to finish one under par overall. Sophomore Kendall McBean (Mesa, AZ) played her usual consistent golf 74-74-76 to finish eight strokes over par for a second-place finish. Senior Megan Hessil (Franklin, WI) pushed through on her final round to go 75-74-77 to tie for third at ten strokes over par. Freshmen Cami Culp (Spokane, WA) and Hannah Spiller (Thatcher, AZ) each contributed a score to help the Eagles bring home the win and tie for 8th and take 13th, respectively. Senior Tana House (Columbus, MT) and freshman Lois Sheaffer (Denver, CO) both played consistent golf to stay within the top 21. The Eagles play again on October 14-15 at the National Fall Preview in Oklahoma City, where the NAIA National Tournament will be held.

Soccer

Men’s 

Oct. 4

Prescott, Arizona

ERAU 3-0

Taking advantage of their home field, the men’s soccer team picked up another win against Soka University for an overall record of 6-3-1 and 2-1 against the Cal Pac. This was a hard-fought game as the Lions took their first loss against the Eagles in the conference, even though the Eagles quite literally destroyed them score wise. The first half was scoreless as neither team’s offense was better than the others defense as the Eagles put up three shots at the goal to be taken down by the Lions. Sophomore Chiedu Ikeme (Inverness, Scotland) broke a defender’s ankles (not literally) and stole the ball to turn the turnover into a possible goal from around the 20-yard line. Unfortunately, each shot from both teams was missed as the first half ended with no goals. The second half took a turn as the Eagles lit a fire within themselves to not only keep up with their level of defensive play but to increase their offense after junior Simon Jense (Boras, Sweden) tried to lay out, instead injuring himself by getting wrapped around a post. Junior Stefano Recinos (Los Angeles, CA) spotted a hole and slipped in to score the first goal of the game at the 67th-minute mark assisted by junior Jacob Baker (Graham, WA). Recinos put up another goal a minute later to bring the Eagles 2-0. Senior Mason Laaksonen (Austin, TX) was persistent as he missed shot after shot, but finally landed one to score the final goal of the game as he was assisted by Ikeme.

Oct. 6

Prescott, Arizona

ERAU 5-0

The Eagles were on fire as they headed into their fourth Cal Pac game of the season against the Marymount Mariners who took their first loss with a conference record of 1-1-1 while the crushing win brought the Eagles up 3-1 against the Cal Pac. The stands were packed as sophomore Chiedu Ikeme (Inverness, Scotland) assisted senior Sebastian Aguas (Quito, Ecuador) to put the first and only goal in the first half on the board. Aguas sent on the favor by assisting senior Mason Laaksonen (Austin, TX) to score the first goal in the second half as well as the next three goals with an assist from junior Jacob Baker (Graham, WA) to end the game at 5-0. There were no cautions or ejections to the Eagles, but two yellow cards and one red to the Mariners. 

Women’s

Oct. 4

Prescott, Arizona

ERAU 5-2

Soka University was no match for the Eagles as our women’s team played great offense and defense to hold onto their undefeated streak against Cal Pac teams. The Eagles have won by three goals against Soka to add a dub to their record of 6-3-2 overall and 3-0 against Cal Pac. In the first half, Junior Rebekah Carr (Albuquerque, NM) defended the goal, saving two shots from the Lions. To put the Eagles on the board first, junior Riley Martinson (Deer Park, WA) put up the first two goals with assists from senior Maddy Mak (Renton, WA) and freshman Katy Hyde (Denton, TX). Senior Megan Currier (Anchorage, AK) went for a third goal that was barely stopped by the opposing team, ending the half at 2-0. Riddle continued with the onslaught in the second half as sophomore Sierra Vicente (Las Vegas, NV) made her first goal of the season assisted by Hyde. Soka with a record of 1-2 in the Cal Pac, finally kicked themselves into gear to get two goals back to back only separated by a minute. The Eagles crushed what hope had started to accumulate in the Lions as Vicente put up two more goals to end the game at 5-2.

Oct. 6

Prescott, Arizona

ERAU 3-0

Marymount California University did not have a chance at a win against the women’s soccer team. Senior Ally Leara (Ranch Santa Margarita, CA) played an outstanding game on both sides of the ball including saving a potential goal. Winning the match at 3-0, the Eagles record now stands at 7-3-2 overall and 4-0 against Cal Pac. While the first half of the match was a struggle playing mostly defense, three shots were taken at the goal from Leara, freshman Lauren Foster (Chino Valley, AZ) and sophomore Sierra Vicente (Las Vegas, NV). Nothing stuck as both teams ended the half at 0-0. The Eagles finally were able to play a stronger offense against the Mariners defense as junior Riley Martinson (Deer Park, WA) scored the first goal with an assist from freshman Katy Hyde (Denton, TX). Leara earned a free kick from 40 yards out to score the second goal of the game and Martinson drew a foul later in the game leading to a penalty kick that gave senior Maddy Mak (Renton, WA) a chance to score the final goal of the game which she took advantage of. 

Volleyball

Oct. 4

Pasadena, California

ERAU 3-0

The Eagles put Providence Christian College in their place as they walked out with a 3-0 win, bring their Cal Pac record to 6-0. Junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ) led the way with 14 kills during their matches going 25-18, 25-17, and 25-11. Starting out slow, the Eagles regained their footing as junior Caylee Robalin (El Paso, TX) aced a few serves on a five point run, continuing the first set with a 0.379 hitting and 14 kills, until Providence tied the scores at 17 until the Eagles took back control to win. The second set was a struggle as the Eagles went back and forth until junior Elisa Pauzer (Campinas, Brazil) stepped up to the net with 11 kills and a hitting of 0.474 to place her second for the night. While the team only hit at 0.147, the Seabeggar attack was held to -0.94 as the Eagles took 13 kills in the set. The Eagles pulled their best game together to have a hit of 0.619 against the Seabeggars at 0.143 as Clark and Pauzer combined for nine kills. With a finishing stat of nine blocks, junior Sharik Joseph (San Diego, CA) had four and sophomore Julia Kjenstad (Tacoma, WA) took the other three. Sophomore Kat Yung (Phoenix, AZ) led the defense with 14 digs to keep the Eagles in control of the board. 

Oct. 5

Lancaster, California

ERAU 3-1

Embry Riddle’s volleyball team left a trail of destruction in their wake as they left the University of Antelope Valley. While it was not an easy win, the carnage left on both sides was enough to kick the Eagles into high gear to go 7-0 amongst the Cal Pac teams and an overall record of 15-5. The Pioneers thought they had a chance when they beat the Eagles in the first set, but as each set turned in favor the Eagles, the despair and aggravation grew exponentially as the last game was the hardest fought: 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-24. Even though UAV played up the level of the Eagles, they will be no match during the semi-finals as they have a record of 3-3 in the Cal Pac. Junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ) played an outstanding game with 24 kills, which is her sixth high in a set. In the first match, the Pioneers held on tight as they stole the first set with a hit of 0.258 compared to the Eagle’s 0.143. The second match turned in favor of the Eagles as they forced the Pioneers to hit 0.000 and was the last time the Eagles trailed in a set. The third set was very competitive as the Eagles dug deep to find their perseverance and resilience to win the set as they could never hold a lead for long. Junior Caylee Robalin (El Paso, TX) ended the match with 11 kills. Notable mentions include senior Audrey Baldwin (Santa Barbara, CA) led the match with 44 assists, junior Sharik Joseph (San Diego, CA) with 10 kills, and sophomore Kat Yung (Phoenix, AZ) led the Eagles in digs with 18 and Clark and Robalin contributed at least 12. 

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