Sports Update: November 4th – 18th

James Ritchey, Correspondent

Men’s Soccer (9-10, 7-3 CalPac)

CalPac Semi-Finals – 10 Nov.
ERAU 0 – 3 UC Merced
The Eagles ended their season with a loss to the familiar foes of UC Merced in the CalPac Conference Tournament. UC Merced held the Eagles to just five shots for the entire match, as the Bobcat defense proved too tight for any breakthrough. Eagle goaltender Jake Hutto had seven saves to keep ERAU in the game. Men’s Soccer ended their season with an overall record of 9-10, but an outstanding conference record of 7-3.


Women’s Soccer (13-3-2, 7-1)
CalPac Semi-Finals – 10 Nov.
ERAU 0 – 2 Marymount
Women’s Soccer ended their season with a disappointing loss in the CalPac Conference Tournament. The Eagles were relentless in their offense, sending a total of 18 shots at the opposing goal, compared to Marymount’s eight. However, Marymount was able to connect twice in the first half, and ERAU was never able to mount a tangible comeback. The Eagles ended their historic season ranked #19 in the nation, and won the regular season CalPac Conference title. Marymount was one of only two teams to defeat ERAU, and the Eagles will return next season with most of this season’s team still playing.

Volleyball (20-5, 13-1)
CalPac Semi-Finals – 10 Nov.
ERAU 1 – 3 La Sierra
Women’s Volleyball capped a historic season with a disappointing loss in the CalPac Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament. The Eagles came into the tournament with the best record in the conference, and had received votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll. La Sierra was able to gain momentum by winning the first set 25-15. However, the momentum they had was quickly stopped by ERAU winning the second set 25-21. Unfortunately, La Sierra was able to strike with vengeance with a massive 25-11 win in the third set. The fourth set was closely fought, but ended with ERAU losing 25-27. Women’s Volleyball had arguably their greatest season ever, and will look to continue their improvement and performance next year. Hannah Mercurio was selected as the CalPac Conference Player of the Year, as an outstanding setter instrumental in the Eagles’ success this season.

Men’s Basketball (2-5)

11 Nov. (Away)
ERAU 78 – 124 The Master’s College
The Eagles started a quick road trip with a defining loss to the Mustangs of The Master’s College. The Eagle defense was constantly struck from range, as Master’s was able to score a total of 21 threes. Mustang player Reid Shackelford was unstoppable, scoring 51 points in the game. Nick Johnson led the Eagles in points with 16.

12 Nov. (Away)
ERAU 84 – 106 Westmont College
The Eagles ended their road trip on a tough game against the team ranked twelfth in the nation in NAIA DI: Westmont College. ERAU was again the victim of extreme beyond-the-arc accuracy, as Westmont scored 17 threes. Logan Skurdal led the Eagles in scoring with 22 points on 8-13 shooting.

16 Nov. (Home Exhibition)
ERAU 78 – 62 Western New Mexico
ERAU captured its first-ever win against an NCAA DII team in an exhibition match against Western New Mexico University. The Eagles were able to utilize their guards to strike from a distance, sinking 11 three-pointers to maintain a lead over the Mustangs. Freshman Gilbert Ibarra led ERAU in scoring with 20 points, while Jaran Hoover led in rebounding with seven.


Women’s Basketball (4-3)
11 Nov. (Home)
ERAU 54 – 70 Montana Western
The Eagles looked to get back to their winning ways with a game against the Bulldogs of University of Montana – Western. The Bulldogs came out strong with 25 points in the first quarter, but the Eagles were not deterred. ERAU slowly dampened the UMW lead, eventually taking the lead in the third quarter. However, the fourth quarter proved problematic and the Bulldogs eventually retrieved their lead. Hailey Villegas led the Eagles with 12 points.

12 Nov. (Home)
ERAU 75 – 70 Warner Pacific College
ERAU got itself back into the win column with a strong win against the Knights of Warner Pacific College. The Eagles were able to keep a lead throughout the entire game. The Knights were able to mount a fourth-quarter comeback attempt, but were still unable to break through the ERAU lead. Katana Martina led the Eagles with 17 points and two rebounds.


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