By James Ritchey
Sports Update 07 — September 17
ERAU 2 – 6 The Master’s College (TMU)
The Eagles fell to the Mustangs of The Master’s College on the road in one of their first games of the season.
The Mustangs scored in the first two minutes of the game, setting an offensive precedent that they would follow the rest of the game.
TMU got on the scoreboard again about ten minutes later, but David Bates kept the Eagles in the game with a strike at 28 minutes.
TMC unfortunately scored again just before halftime. Daniel Nunez scored for the Eagles at 54 minutes, but any hope of a comeback was dashed when the Mustangs scored three goals in four minutes later in the second half.
ERAU 1 – 2 Hope International University (HIU)
ERAU’s short road trip continued with a tight match against the Royals of Hope International University.
The match was tightly contested, with neither side seeing a clear advantage until HIU scored in the 37th minute.
The Eagles rebounded well, and continued to struggle with the Royals for a solid possession. ERAU finally broke through in the 83rd minute, when Daniel Nunez scored.
The match went to overtime, but six minutes into overtime, HIU converted a corner kick opportunity into a goal to end the game.
ERAU 1 – 5 The Master’s College
The Mustangs of TMC were a formidable opponent, working their way through some of the top teams in the NAIA in their opening games of the season, and the Eagles, ranked no. 20 in the nation, were no challenge.
The Eagles struggled from the beginning of the game to generate any real offense. By the end of the first half, ERAU was down by two goals.
The second half did not see much difference in play, as TMC were able to control the game and score three more times.
The only goal for the Eagles came in the 90th minute, when Ashtin Martinson scored off a pass from Holly Ross.
ERAU 1 – 0 Grace College
After their previous loss two days earlier, the Eagles were eager to rebound and prove their strength with a game against Grace College. The game was deadlocked from the beginning, and neither team had any significant offensive pushes. Defense on both sides did well, as the Eagles were able to keep the Lancers from capitalizing on any of their 11 shots. After regulation, the scoreboard still read 0-0, so the game progressed to overtime. The first overtime period ended just as regulation did, but the second overtime period saw the Eagles make a significant push into Lancer territory. Claire Cashmore took a foul as she entered the box, granting ERAU a valuable penalty kick. Keeper Caitlyn Aaron ended up taking the kick, and made sure she capitalized on the opportunity to close the game with a victory.
Arizona Christian University (ACU) Tournament
ERAU 3 – 1 Life Pacific University
The first game of the Arizona Christian University Tournament against Life Pacific saw the Eagles fight through a tough matchup while finding ways to win games.
Each of the four games in the match were tight, with the largest margin of victory coming for the Eagles in the first game, which they won 25-21. Audrey Baldwin had 40 assists, and Jalin Yoder earned 13 kills.
ERAU 3 – 0 Belhaven University
The Eagles were dominant in the second game of the ACU tournament, easily sweeping the Blazers of Belhaven University 25-16, 25-19, 25-19. Audrey Baldwin had 29 assists and 8 digs in the effort, and Kaitlin Shroll had five aces.
ERAU 2 – 3 Benedictine College
In the final game of the ACU tournament, ERAU faced Benedictine College, a 6-2 contender on a road trip from Kansas. In the first game, ERAU fell 19-25, but kept their cool and rebounded, winning the second game 25-16.
A brutal third game followed, with both teams staying neck and neck until the Ravens eventually came out on top with a score of 30-32. Again, the Eagles stayed driven and were able to take the fourth game 26-24 in another very tight matchup. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell in the final game 9-15.