By Megan Hessil, Correspondent
The Eagles had to put up a fight against their in-state rival Benedictine University at Mesa for the win. The first half showed both teams struggling to make a goal as half time started with no goals on the board. Even though the Eagles put up 11 shots, not one dropped compared to the three put up by the Redhawks. The second half saw all the action as 12 minutes in senior Parker Lee (Kennewick, WA) finally put a goal on the board with an assist from freshman Katy Hyde (Denton, TX). Benedictine tied it with less than 20 minutes to play and as the time ticked down Vicente took the winning shot with only three minutes to play with an assist from junior Peighton Gumm (Gilbert, AZ) helping the Eagles to the number one seed in the Cal Pac Championships held in Prescott.
A hard loss for the women’s soccer team as they lost to Marymount California University by 1. Luckily, due to their hard work throughout the season, this first loss in the California Pacific Conference Championship is not the end of their season. The Eagles were persistent and had a lot of opportunities that they took advantage of, but they didn’t work out. The second half showed the Mariners keeping control of the ball to win the game by one goal.
The men’s soccer team fought hard to beat Benedictine University at Mesa but lost by one goal to bring their record to 9 and 2. Junior Jacob Baker (Graham, WA) took a shot in the first five minutes but missed followed by teammates that missed until finally senior Mason Laaksonen (Austin, TX) tied the game with a goal with an assist from sophomore Chiedu Ikeme (Inverness, Scotland) just after the Redhawks made their first. The first half ended with a tie at one. The Redhawks came out strong in the second half to score their second goal 12 minutes in with the Eagles lagging. Junior Simon Jensen (Boras, Sweden) scored the Eagles second golf just a minute after the Redhawks made their third to win the game. The Eagles finished seeded second in the Cal Pac Championships with a bye in the first round.
The Eagles have moved on to the next round of the California Pacific Conference Championship with a 1 to 0 win over La Sierra University. The first half showed struggle for the men’s team as they outshot La Sierra but could not make a goal. Sophomore Chiedu Ikeme (Inverness, Scotland) and junior Sergio Monteiro (Malaga, Spain) played perfect defense on the flanks to keep La Sierra away from the net. Sophomore Pedro Mena (Almeria, Spain) put up the only goal of the game in the 54th minute to win the game.
The Eagles could not be stopped as they beat the Marymount Mariners by 3 goals to win their third California Pacific Conference Championship in school history. Junior Sergio Monteiro (Malaga, Spain) scored in under ten minutes and was the only Eagle goal as the Mariners came back with one of their own tying the game as they headed into half time. The Eagles kicked it into high gear as they came out in the second half ready to bring the dub home. Junior Jacob Baker (Graham, WA) scored the first of the second half with freshman Lucas Garcia (Barcelona, Spain) scoring again three minutes later. Senior Mason Laaksonen (Austin, TX) followed his assist to Garcia with a goal of his own right afterwards. The Eagles were not done yet as sophomore Ethan Carlson (Edgewood, WA) scored the fifth and final goal with an assist from sophomore Dom Savage (Glasgow, Scotland). The Eagles wait and see if they have earned a bye for the first round of the NAIA National Championships.
The Eagles already secured the regular season as they set out to destroy in-state rival Benedictine University at Mesa. The Eagles won the first set 25-14 with a 0.313 hitting percentage with only two errors. The second set was won 25-22 and was difficult but helped with junior Caylee Robalin’s (El Paso, TX) three-point service run to bring the lead up to four points. The third set showed the annihilation of the Eagles as they lost 25-12. The Eagles took eight errors and a -0.48 hitting percentage. To win the match the Eagles won the fourth set 25-20 despite the early 9-3 lead when the Redhawks brought it back to a five-point lead. The Eagles won the match 3 and 1. Notable performances include senior Audrey Baldwin (Santa Barbara, CA) with 34 assists, 20 points from junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ), and 23 digs by Robalin.
The Eagles won the first semi-final game against Providence Christian College 3 to 0. The Eagles never let up from the get-go as they jumped out ahead of the Sea Beggars every set. Junior Caylee Robalin (El Paso, TX) had 13 kills over the match, 12 kills from junior Elisa Pauzer (Campinas, Brazil), and 11 kills from junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ). Senior Audrey Baldwin (Santa Barbara, CA) left the court with 37 assists. Sophomore Julia Kjenstad (Tacoma, WA) had 6 blocks and Clark had 18 digs to help keep the Eagles defense strong.
The Eagles have won their third consecutive California Pacific Conference Championship after beating the second seed University of California at Merced in three straight sets 25-22, 25-23, and 25-19. Both teams wanted the trophy as they both fired on all cylinders right out of the gates. However, in the first set UCM made two attack errors that benefited the Eagles into a win. The second set proved harder for the Eagles as UCM controlled the court until the teams tied at 16 where the Eagles would go on a four-point run from junior Caylee Robalin (El Paso, TX) and keeping the lead going forward was sophomore Terra Gordon (San Antonio, TX) and junior Erin Clark (Phoenix, AZ) as they helped secure the second set win. The third set showed the Eagles scared right off the bat as the Bobcats took the lead forcing the Eagles to come back on a streak that didn’t end until the set ended. The Eagles are now in wait to see if they receive a bye and head to the NAIA National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Eagles struggled to keep up with the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes as they lost by seven. Senior Danae Ruiz (Albuquerque, NM) accounted for 24 points alone where most of the damage was done from behind the three-point arc as she made three of eight. With a tight end to each quarter the offensive board helped the Eagles to the lead in the second quarter as well as Ruiz putting up ten points to help lead as they headed into half time at 33 points. A slow start stuck the Eagles in the mud for the second half as they made 4 of 15 shots from the floor as the Coyotes took advantage and grabbed a four-point lead. The final quarter saw the Eagles take multiple shots, but only 28 points were put on the board compared to the Coyotes 31 run by a solid free throw count. The women’s basketball team took their first and only loss of the season so far. Other notable performances include freshman Susie Reynoso (Escondido, CA) with ten rebounds and senior Haley Villegas (Anthem, AZ) with five assists.
The women’s basketball team kept the University of Saint Mary well at bay as they played a complete shutout winning by 36 points. Senior Jazlyn Maletino-Faga (Tracy, CA) started off her offensive attack with a three-pointer before scoring another four points in the first quarter. Senior Melissa Pfeifer (Hays, KS) also hit a trip and scored another four for the team. Senior Haley Villegas (Anthem, AZ) scored 12 points in the second quarter out of the teams’ 19. The Eagles went into half-time up 43 to 26. Sophomore Kamryn Brown (Gilbert, AZ) added five points to the board in the third while senior Danae Ruiz (Albuquerque, NM) put up six. Notable performances to end the game with a team win include 18 points by Villegas, and 13 rebounds by Pfeifer.
A hard loss to take for the Eagles after last second offensive rebound found the net for Arizona Christian University to beat the Eagles by two. Senior Haley Villegas (Anthem, AZ) led the Eagles (4-2) with 19 points. The Eagles struggled the first half to keep up with the Firestorm’s constant lead as they brought the score down by four going into half time. The second half showed the Eagles bringing the game back to a tight finish where the Firestorms managed a rebound and put it back up as the buzzer sounded with a loss for the Eagles. Another honorable mention is senior Amber Rollins (Scottsdale, AZ) as she had seven rebounds to help the Eagles.
A difficult, but expected performance watched as the men’s basketball team was destroyed by Oregon Institute of Technology. Pitting Riddle against the second ranked team in the nation was a difficult game to watch as the first half brought hope to the attendees but resigned content for the second half. The Eagles were afraid to rebound whether on offensive or defense, a shot goes up and they ran in the opposite direction. This was how they lost as the Owls crowded the basket and never let up on the board. Senior Gilbert Ibarra (Prescott Valley, AZ) came out strong with five points of his own to start the Eagles board right before junior Kaden Herbert (Georgetown, TX) dropped a bucket. Even though senior Nick Johnson (Anthem, AZ) led the rebounds with four, the Eagles were still out rebounded 28 to 16. Senior Trace Edmier (Mesa, AZ) led the Eagles with 17 points of which 11 were made from the free throw line. Down 13 going into the half, the Eagles could not come back in the second half leading to the 74-53 loss.
A hard-fought game lost to the Ottawa University Spirits bringing the Eagles record down to 1 and 3. Senior Nick Johnson (Anthem, AZ) took first blood starting off the board against the Spirits. Senior Gilbert Ibarra (Prescott Valley, AZ) put up nine points during the first half followed by freshman Dennis Pomazanov (Pleasant Hill, CA). Senior Trace Edmier (Mesa, AZ) led the Eagles in rebounds with four grabs to help them go into the half tied at 36 points. Junior Kaden Herbert (Georgetown, TX) helped the Eagles to a 12-point lead with two dropped free throws only for the lead to be taken by the Spirits in an Eagle drought. Giving away five free throws in the last three minutes cost the Eagles the game as they lost by three. Notable performances include Johnson with 26 points, and 9 rebounds by both Edmier and sophomore Conner Verdugo (Sahuarita, AZ).
The Eagles opened their season with the freshmen and sophomores competing at the Bill Musick Open. Sophomore Daniel Butler (Leavenworth, KS) placed third in the 174 lb. weight division. Freshman Oliver Myers (Yamhill, OR) made the Eagles proud as he finished second in the 184 lb. weight division. Sophomores: Josh Nira (Greely, CO) finished third at 125 lbs., Beau Blackham (Vernal, Utah) finished fourth at 165 lbs., and Garette Branson (Matoon, Il) finished fifth at HWT. Freshman Stone Aguirre (Glendale, AZ) placed third in the 174 lb. weight division.
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The Eagles upperclassmen took their experience to the Oklahoma City University Open to start their season. Senior Collin Anderson (Flagstaff, AZ) in the 133 lb. weight division won four of six rounds, two by a bye, one by injury default and one by a sudden victory. Senior Taylor Owens (Boise, ID) in the 165 lb. weight division won two of four rounds with a bye in the first, and a win in the quarterfinal before two losses in the semifinals. Sophomore Daniel Butler (Leavenworth, KS) in the 174 lb. weight division won four of five rounds with a win in first, a win by injury default in the second, a win in the semifinal and a big win in the third-place match. Junior TJ Hall (Meridian, ID) in the 184 lb. weight division won two of four rounds in the championship and in the quarterfinal.
ERAU 48-12 and 9-33
The Eagles split dual at home showed two completely different levels. The Eagles beat Sierra College in 40 minutes winning 48 to 12 with wins from seniors Collin Anderson (Flagstaff, AZ), and Taylor Owens (Boise, ID), from junior TJ Hall (Meridian, ID), from sophomore Josh Nira (Greeley, CO), and freshmen Sheldon Cole (Anthem, AZ), and Jackson Edwards (Sahuarita, AZ). On the flip side, the Eagles lost to Campellsville 9 to 33 as Campellsville could do no wrong. Two All-Americans and one freshman proved their worth for the Eagles as Hall, Cole, and sophomore Daniel Butler (Le