Sports Update September

By Jake Whitaker
Correspondent

Men’s Soccer (3-3-1) (2-0 Conference) 

13 September (Home) 

ERAU 0 – 2 Arizona Christian  

The Arizona Christian Firestorm got their offense going early, putting up three shot within the first ten minutes of play followed by a goal by Arizona Christian (ACU) forward Archuleta to give the Firestorm a 1-0 lead. The Eagles got the momentum going late in the first half, popping off three shots in the last seven minutes but were unable to get any across. Embry Riddle (ERAU) kept the moment going early into the second half but was unable to get any of their early shots into the goal. ACU expanded their lead with a 64th minute goal from forward Segura. Late game tensions arose, resulting in ACU’s Sanchez receiving a yellow card and ERAU’s Stark being red-carded the final minutes of the game. Overall, the Eagles were outshot by the firestorm 12-15 (4-9 shots on goal). 

20 September (Home) 

ERAU 7 – 1 University of Antelope Valley 

The Eagles lead off conference play with an emphatic win over the University of Antelope Valley (UAV) Pioneers. The  Pioneers dominated early on, getting five shots in the first five minutes, including a goal by Medina in the fourth minute, but after a penalty by UAV’s Garnica in the eighth minute, and the subsequent penalty kick from Embry Riddle’s (ERAU) Laaksonen swung the momentum in favor of the Eagle’s. Rapid-fire goals from ERAU’s Jensen (11’) and Baker (15’). Laaksonen later added another goal for the Eagle’s, giving them a comfortable 4-1 lead going into the half.  Carlson added on another goal for ERAU five minutes into the second half and Savage added another in the 71st minute. Laaksonen tallied yet another goal for the Eagle’s, scoring a hat trick in the progress. In the end, ERAU only outshot AVU by two (16-14), but outshot them in Shots on Goal 12-4.  

22 September (Home) 

ERAU 8 – 0 Pacific Union 

The Eagle’s continue dominate their conference opponent with an eight-nil victory over the Pacific Union (PU) Pioneers. Embry Riddle (ERAU) took the lead in the 14th minute behind a goal from Recinos. After a quiet thirty minutes, ERAU’s Mayer scored with eleven minutes remaining in the half. Rapid-fire goals from Laaksonen and Baker in the next three minutes to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead at the end of the half. Ikeme came off the bench for the Eagles and immediately made his mark, scoring a goal 48 seconds into the half. He scored again ten minutes later and once again just three minutes after that to round off the hat trick. Wallingford added his own goal for the Eagles in the 69th minute to give the Eagles the 8-0 lead they would end the game with. The Eagles handedly outshot the Pioneers with 21 shots (11 on goal) compared to PU’s four shot (two on goal). Ikeme’s three-goal-game marks the second consecutive game in which an ERAU player bagged a hat trick. 

Cross Country 

15 September 

Embry-Riddle Arizona Invitational 

Embry-Riddle hosted their invitational Cross country meet and came out on top in both the Men’s and Women’s division. Siegel made his comeback for the event, finishing first with a 28:31 8K time on the heels of a knee injury kept him out of the last meet. Other Eagle runners finished strong, with Bramblett and English rounding off the top three and the Men’s team taking eight of the top ten spots. The Men’s team finished with an average time of 29:30, beating the second place team’s average time by nearly four minutes. The Women’s team also dominated the competition, headed by Anderson’s 19:59 5K time and followed by Embry-Riddle runners taking all of the top nine spots. The team averaged time of 20:39, six minutes faster than the runner-up team. 

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