Sports Update

Golf

Women

Oklahoma City, OK

Oct. 14-15

ERAU 2 of 10

The Eagles played their last Fall tournament at the National course, Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While they didn’t bring home a team dub, senior Jessica Williams (Phoenix, AZ) brought home the next best thing, an individual champions glass cup trophy from the Stars Sydney Cox Invite. Hard fought for after Williams shot four under on day one for a 68 and two under on day two at 70 to tie for first and go into a four-hole playoff against an Oklahoma City University opponent. After three holes of going back and forth, Williams striped a drive on hole 18, 45 yards from the pin, she stuck it to several feet and barely missed her birdie putt after Oklahoma duffed her chip two feet from the green to take what may have been a bogey or worse. Even though the Eagles didn’t bring home the team trophy, they learned a lot and played very well despite last year’s performance at the same location for Nationals. The team went 298-296 to place second overall, beating out two other top 10 ranked teams in the NAIA as the Eagles themselves are ranked 8th in the nation making this tournament provide a big jump in the polls as they lost to the Stars by 16 strokes playing on their turf. Freshman Cami Culp (Spokane, WA) tied for 12th shooting 77-74, sophomore Kendall McBean (Mesa, AZ) tied for 15th shooting 76-77, senior Megan Hessil (Franklin, WI) shot 78-76 to tie for 18th and freshman Hannah Spiller (Thatcher, AZ) counted a score of 77 in round one and dropped her 81 in round two. Senior Tana House (Columbus, MT) shot 88-86 to tie for 54th and freshman Lois Sheaffer shot 83-89 to tie for 50th. To conclude the Eagles’ Fall season, they have brought home three team wins, three individual champion titles, multiple top five placements and soon to be one of the best ranks in Eagle history. Next tournament starts in January.

Soccer

Men

Riverside, CA

Oct. 11

ERAU 3-2

The Eagles claimed the top spot in Cal Pac after beating La Sierra University three and two in overtime. In the first half alone, the Eagles put up three shots but were denied ending the first half with neither team leading. Both teams upped their game in the second half to combine for a second half total of 18 shots. The Golden Eagles scored the first goal seven minutes into the second half with senior Mason Laaksonen (Austin, TX) taking revenge by scoring his 11th goal of the year with an assist from junior Jacob Baker (Graham, WA). La Sierra stole another goal only a minute after Laaksonen’s. Junior Simon Jensen (Boras, Sweden) went in for the tying goal in the 84th minute to bring the game into overtime. Baker flew in 40 seconds into OT and sent the Golden Eagles home to win the game.

Lancaster, CA

Oct. 13

ERAU 3-1

The University of Antelope Valley didn’t stand a chance against the Eagles still flying high on their previous win. The Eagles beat the Pioneers three and one to win their fifth game in the Cal Pac. Starting on fire was junior Jacob Baker (Graham, WA) making the first goal in the 12th minute, assisted by sophomore Alex Reinert (Frisco, TX). Even with 15 shots put up in the first half (Eagles 10, Pioneers 5), neither team could capitalize ending the first half one and zero led by the Eagles. The second half is another kickstart as Reinert put a goal up 15 minutes in to the second, just before the Pioneers made their first and only goal of the game. Senior Mason Laaksonen (Austin, TX) waited until the very last minute of the game to score his 12th goal of the season, quickly approaching the tie for the season record of goals made.

Prescott, AZ

Oct. 18

ERAU 12-0

A pitiful game played by California State University Maritime Academy as the Eagles destroyed them 12 and 0. Senior Mason Laaksonen (Austin, TX), and sophomores Chiedu Ikeme (Inverness, Scotland), and Ethan Carlson (Edgewood, WA) split seven of the twelve goals wiping their hands of the California team starting only seven minutes into the first half. Freshman Lucas Garcia (Barcelona, Spain) slotted it between the Keelhaulers to steal a goal. Junior Jacob Baker (Graham, WA) found the net after an amazing find by Garcia. Up by six, the Eagles headed to the locker room for the half. Ikeme scored his second goal right off the start of the second half. Sophomore Gavin Underwood (Prescott, AZ) and senior Jake Muth (Cave Creek, AZ) scored their first collegiate goals to help demolish Cal State Maritime. 

Prescott, AZ

Oct. 20

ERAU 7-0

After three massive wins, the Eagles would not disappoint and won a huge victory against Sierra Nevada College, even with three yellow and one red card.  While given hope, Sierra Nevada was shut down by our offense and defense. Sophomore Chiedu Ikeme (Inverness, Scotland) made the first goal to light a fire under the Eagles which helped junior Jarred Petersen (Caldicot, England) to score the second goal of the game and his first goal since his game winning shot in the Cal Pac semifinals in 2018. With multiple back and forth assists, sophomore Alex Reinert (Frisco, TX) scored the third goal of the game starting the second half. Junior Jacob Baker (Graham, WA) sought revenge after his first shot barely missed going high and scored the fourth, sixth and final goals outplaying the goalie. Sophomore Ethan Carlson (Edgewood, WA) snaked his way through the defense to add the fifth goal to the game. 

Women

Riverside, CA

Oct. 11

ERAU 3-1

The women’s soccer team don’t know how to lose as they take their Cal Pac winning streak to 29, beating out La Sierra University by two goals. Toying around with the Golden Eagles, Riddle let the first goal go to LSU in the 16th minute, knowing it would come back to them. And so it did as La Sierra put a shot into their own goal, going into the half even at one. Six minutes into the second half freshman Katy Hyde (Denton, TX) put the Eagles on top with an assist from senior Parker Lee (Kennewick, WA). Lee got tired of La Sierra and ended the game with the third and final goal to win the game by two.

Lancaster, CA

Oct. 13

ERAU 1-1

The Eagles settled with a hard-fought tie after two overtime rounds against the University of Antelope Valley to end the game even at one. The Pioneers outshot the Eagles by two in the first half, but still couldn’t put a score on the board due to senior Caitlyn Aaron (Flower Mound, TX) playing formidable defense. The first half ended with no scores on the board, but the second half was a nail biter as both offenses upped their game. The Pioneers played a vicious attack forcing the Eagles to play out of the back. Junior Riley Martinson (Deer Park, WA) went an eye for an eye to tie up the game with only a minute left in the game, assisted by freshman Katy Hyde (Denton, TX). With two plays of overtime, only three goals were attempted, but both defenses played hard ending the game tied.

Prescott, AZ

Oct. 18

ERAU 11-0

Coming off a hard tie, the Eagles didn’t let up against California State Maritime Academy winning 11 and 0. No individual Eagle was in the spotlight as ten players had a hand in the total annihilation of the Keelhaulers. Straight into the first half, sophomore Sierra Vicente (Las Vegas, NV) scored before the fifth minute assisted by senior Ally Leara (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA). Freshman Katy Hyde (Denton, TX) scored the next two goals, both assisted by Vicente. The Eagles were already up by three in the first three minutes, but they didn’t hold back. Junior Riley Martinson (Deer Park, WA) and freshman Paige Thompson (Los Alamitos, CA) scored the next two goals, unassisted. Thompson scored her first goal of her college career. The Eagles decided to divvy up the scoring as senior Megan Currier (Anchorage, AK) scored with an assist from sophomore Ashley Askevold. Junior Jennifer Inions (Prosser, WA) scored her first goal of the season next followed by sophomore Maggi McElrath (Bend, OR) scoring in under a minute as the Eagles head into the half up by seven. Freshman Lauren Foster (Chino Valley, AZ) scored within a minute of the game kicking off into the second half. Junior Peighton Gumm (Gilbert, AZ) put up her first goal of the season after coming off of an injury. Freshman Zalma Batrez-Cardoza (Flagstaff, AZ) finished off the game scoring the 11th goal.

Prescott, AZ

Oct. 20

ERAU 5-0

The seniors couldn’t ask for a better game on senior day as they beat Sierra Nevada five and zero. Senior Megan Currier (Anchorage, AK) started off with the first goal not even hitting the five-minute mark assisted by sophomore Sierra Vicente (Las Vegas, NV). Senior Maddy Mak (Renton, WA) took the 12-yard shot to score the second goal thanks to junior Riley Martinson (Deer Park, WA) for winning a penalty. Eleven minutes into the game, senior Parker Lee (Kennewick, WA) and freshman Katy Hyde (Denton, TX) paired up to assist sophomore Ashley Askevold (Lake Stevens, WA) to beat the keeper and score a goal ending the half three up. The Sierra Nevada Eagles couldn’t keep up with Riddle as senior Erica Heil (Anchorage, AK) slid the ball to Mak for the team’s fourth goal. Martinson wanted one more only to fail in an individual goal, but assisted Vicente as she came running as back- up to score the final goal of the game to win five and zero.

Volleyball

Prescott, AZ

Oct. 11

ERAU 3-0

The Eagles swiftly executed the second-best volleyball team in the conference the Benedictine University-Mesa Redhawks. Embry Riddle swept the Redhawks to take a two-game lead in the conference standings. Junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ) recorded a match-high of 21 kills to lead the Eagle attack with a 0.304 clip. The first set was won 25-17 with the Eagles starting out early to go 10-6 with a block from senior Audrey Baldwin (Santa Barbara, CA) and sophomore Julia Kjenstad (Tacoma, WA). Clark sent her first kill straight after the block. After the Redhawks had three straight attack errors within two points of the Eagles, Clar, junior Elisa Pauzer (Campinas, Brazil), and Kjenstad finished them off with kills to end the first set. The second set was won as well 25-17 but the Eagles began pulling away when Clark killed three halfway through the set to give them a lead of 15-7. The Redhawks brought it back but the Eagles still had the lead 20-17 just before Clark and Pauzer scored the final points to end the game. The third set was won again by the Eagles 25-18 as Clark helped the team pull away to a 10-5 lead the Redhawks could not keep up as the Eagles ran off five straight points, a pair of kills and a black from unior Sharik Joseph (San Diego, CA) to lead the team to 19-10. But the Redhawks would not give up managing four straight points but not enough to surpass the Eagles as Kjenstad and Pauzer set another block to help the Eagles finish them off.

Prescott, AZ

Oct. 18

ERAU 3-1

Embry Riddle fought hard to keep their matches in their favor beating the Golden Eagles by two. Junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ) led the team with 25 kills, recording another match high beating her previous game day. The Eagles fought the hardest for the first game winning 26-24 with Clark starting right off the bat with nine kills. Both teams were fighting hard for the lead, but it kept switching favors until Clark finished the set with three succeeded kills of four to take first blood. Set two started out like the first in a deadlock but the Eagles managed to pull away with four rallying straight points, three coming from senior Audrey Baldwin (Santa Barbara, CA). Baldwin had an outstanding game day as her assist numbers were through the rough with a total of 53 assists. La Sierra only earned one win again the Eagles as one of their players had 19 kills in the set, beating the Eagles 25-23. The final set started off with the Eagles leading 9-4 with sophomore Julia Kjenstad (Tacoma, WA) and junior Caylee Robalin (El Paso, TX) frightening the Golden Eagles as they combined for nine blocks. Junior Sharik Joseph (San Diego, CA) won the final point for her 11th of the day to finish the Golden Eagles off 3-1.

Prescott, AZ

Oct. 19

ERAU 3-0

The matches against Marymount California University were child’s play as the Eagles breezed through the three sets 25-17, 25-17, and 25-12. Senior Audrey Baldwin (Santa Barbara, CA) kept her assist game strong as a total of 35 assists, more than enough to overcome the Mariners defense, and outplay their offense. The first and second sets were very similar as the Eagles led the Mariners on until they broke away and started pulling ahead by five points, and then finishing the game seven ahead. Junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ) ended the first set with her sixth kill while junior Elisa Pauzer (Campinas, BrazilBrzail) had her eighth to put the Eagles 2-0. The Mariners weren’t able to keep up as they started pulling away and making errors putting the Eagles up 14-5. With the Eagles determined to finish the day, Pauzer and junior Caylee Robalin (El Paso, TX) led the day with 13 and 12 kills.

Cross Country

Men

Riverside, CA

ERAU 7 of 21

In perfection conditions, the Eagles ran a competitive race, placing seventh to six NCAA Division l teams. Junior Grady Kerst (Au Train, MI) became the first Eagle to break the 25-minute mark in an 8-kilometer race at the UC Riverside Highlander Invitational. UCR keeps their course in pristine shape as the bends move around a protected agricultural operations center. Coach Chris Bay mentioned that the team was already tired from a hard week’s work, but the course was a good challenge. Kerst set a big record timed at 24:47 (4:59/mile) to place 17th overall only finishing behind NCAA competitors including runners from UCLA. Junior Luke English (Fenton, MI) finished 40th with a time of 25:17 with junior Austin Luttrell (Santa Fe, NM) followed closely behind with a time of 25:35. Freshman Jacob Kaufmann (Saugus, CA) was the first freshman to finish at 25:48 and junior Nicholas Hernandez (Mader, CA) finished to help the team with a 26:14. The Eagles run at the California Pacific Conference Championships on November 1 looking to win their sixth consecutive conference championship.

Women

Riverside, CA

ERAU 8 of 14

While running in the UC Riverside Highlander Invitational, sophomore Ariana Anderson (Torrance, CA) finished second overall while breaking the school’s record for a 6-kilometer course. The weather was perfect for the running as there was no rain leading up to the race, and the course was suited for Anderson with only a few rolling hill, hard packed dirt, and beautiful scenery as the course travels through an agricultural operations center containing 100-year-old citrus trees. Coach Chris Bay believes because of the change of pace, they can now run an even faster 5k. Anderson led the Eagles as she kept up with the leaders most of the range finishing with a time of 20:36 (5:31/mile). All-American Keili Dorn held the previous record at 21:26, a 50 second difference! Anderson is tearing it up this season as she broke her own school and conference record for a 5k last month with a time of 17:04. The team only came in eighth to seven NCAA Division l teams. Senior Emma Lewis (Flower Mound, TX) finished 40th overall and second for the Eagles with a time of 22:19. Sophomores Meah Wilson (Kingman, AZ) with a time of 22:45, Carissa Evans (Prescott, AZ) timed at 23:11 and Caroline Sloan (Gilbert, AZ) finished at 23:21. The Eagles run at the California Pacific Conference Championships on November 1, as they are picked to win, hopefully earning their fifth consecutive conference championship.

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