By James Ritchey
Women’s Soccer (10-2, 5-0)
27 September (Away)
ERAU 6 – 2 Soka University of America
The Eagles, ranked 11th in the nation, started a California road trip with solid victory over Soka. Despite conceding their first goals in league play so far, the ERAU offense was more than sufficient to overcome them. The Eagles fell behind early as Soka scored in the in the 12th minute of the match.
However, less than ten minutes later, ERAU scored and surged ahead in minimal time. Maddy Mak kicked off the offensive outburst, scoring the first goal unassisted. One minute later, Erica Heil scored again in a very similar play.
Another minute passed and the Eagles added another tally as Breanna Larkin found the back of the net off a cross from Riley Martinson. The flood subsided briefly, but Parker Lee scored on a free kick seven minutes later. As the second half began, Soka again scored in the first few minutes to bring the score to 4-2, still in the Eagles’ favor.
With about ten minutes remaining in the match, ERAU extended their lead once more with a goal from Riley Martinson. With just over three minutes remaining, Megan Currier capped the night with another tally from an Ashley Askevold assist.
29 September (Away)
ERAU 2 – 0 Marymount University
A defensive battle ensued as the Eagles continued on their road trip. A stalemate ensued in the first half, as neither side was able to break through. After regrouping at halftime, the Eagles were able to put much more pressure on the Mariners in the second half.
Marymount only put up three shots in the second half, none of which made it past the ERAU goaltender. In the 80th minute of the match, ERAU broke through the draw as Maddy Mak scored on a penalty. In the final moments of the game, Breanna Larkin tallied another goal from a Sierra Vicente assist.
4 October (Home)
ERAU 13 – 0 Simpson University
ERAU held supremacy over the field for the entirety of their league match against Simpson University, holding the Redhawks to a single shot over 90 minutes. The match opened as Holly Ross found the back of the net just 90 seconds after kickoff from an assist by Riley Martinson. About ten minutes later, Holly Ross doubled the score for the Eagles. Riley Martinson then scored twice in less than two minutes, and Erica Heil added another to bring the score to 5-0 in under 20 minutes of play.
Ashley Askevold, Krista Lee, and Parker Lee each found the back of the net in the latter part of the first half as well. An own goal by the Redhawks gave the Eagles a 9-0 lead at halftime. ERAU had no mercy in the second half, as Alexis Ahrens scored in the first four minutes of the half. A few minutes later, Maggi McElrath pushed the Eagles to a 10-0 lead. ERAU got some rest after this, as they played a little less aggressively while maintaining possession. Parker Lee converted on an opportunity for her second goal of the night with under eight minutes remaining, and Megan Currier capped the night with another goal just four minutes later. ERAU totaled 57 shots, including 28 shots on goal.
6 October (Home)
ERAU 3 – 0 UC Merced
Coming off their rampage over Simpson, ERAU added another shutout league win for an Octoberwest game. After a maintaining possession and fighting towards the goal, Krisa Lee opened the scoring with assists from Holly Ross and Riley Martinson in the 19th minute of play. The ERAU defense, backed up by Caitlyn Aaron in goal, kept the Eagles ahead for the duration of the half. Early in the second half, Holly Ross and Riley Martinson again set up a goal, this time scored by Maggi McElrath. This gave the Eagles the security and momentum they needed to carry through the half. With just over two minutes left in play, Sierra Vicente clinched the victory by scoring on a breakaway. ERAU totaled 18 shots, led by Breanna Larkin with four.
Volleyball (17-6, 8-0)
28 September (Home)
ERAU 3 – 0 Providence Christian
The Eagles continued their sweep through the California Pacific Conference against Providence Christian. ERAU was ahead from the beginning, scoring eight straight points to take a 12-4 lead in the first set. Consistent offense continued, and the Eagles went up 1-0 with a 25-12 set win. The second set played out much the same, as the Sea Beggars could never find much offensive momentum. ERAU took set two 25-14. Providence Christian fought much harder in the third set, making fewer errors and hitting at a much higher percentage. However, the Eagles were still superior, taking the set 25-19. Sharik Joseph led the Eagles with 12.5 points, 9 kills, and a block.
29 September (Home)
ERAU 3 – 0 University of Antelope Valley
With another league 3-0 win, ERAU maintained their place as 19th in the nation. A tight first set broke away in the Eagles’ favor as they went on a 8-1 streak after being down 7-8. That momentum carried them through the rest of the set, as the Pioneers only scored four more points in the set; ERAU won 25-12. In the second set, the Eagles started on top and stayed there. UAV came close, bringing the score to 11-10, but ERAU was able to keep their composure, eventually taking set two 25-16. The third set was closest of all, as the Eagles found themselves down 6-8 early in the set. Four straight points then gave them a lead they would not lose. Caylee Robalin had the final kill of the match, as the Eagles took the third set 25-20. Robalin led the Eagles with 12 kills, while Sharik Joseph and Erin Clark both had 11.
6 October (Home)
ERAU 3 – 0 Benedictine University at Mesa
With their win over BU-Mesa, the Eagles won their 24th straight set in an eight-game win streak. Coming off several straight wins, a confident ERAU team came out hard, pushing ahead 6-1 in the first few plays. This opening surge was enough to keep the Redhawks at bay, as ERAU took a 25-16 initial set win. In the second set, Mesa was still unable to overcome the tremendous hitting power of the Eagles. After falling slightly behind in the opening plays, ERAU went on an 11-1 run to take a 24-11 lead. A kill from Sharik Joseph finished the second set 25-13. In the third set, the Redhawks put up a much stronger fight. Staying just a few points behind the Eagles for the duration of the set, they saw some hope to extend the match. However, ERAU stayed consistent and took the final set 25-20. Caylee Robalin had 9 kills to lead the Eagles, while Audrey Baldwin put up 31 assists.