Eagles’ men’s, women’s soccer, volleyball eliminated in Cal Pac tournaments

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, as well as its volleyball squad, were eliminated from the postseason in the Cal Pac Tournament semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 10, in California.

Here’s a breakdown of what happened.

SOCCER Cal-Merced 3 Embry-Riddle men 0

MERCED, Calif. – The Eagles’ men’s soccer team ended its 2016 season with a 9-10 overall record after being shut out by Cal-Merced.

Cal-Merced outshot third-seeded Embry-Riddle 14-5, including 10-2 on goal, as Brian Chongtoua, Cody Golbad and Artemio Contreras each scored a goal for the Bobcats.

Merced led 1-0 at halftime before tacking on two goals, including one apiece in the 54th and 71st minutes, to seal the victory and clinch a spot in the conference’s title match.

The second-seeded Bobcats (11-6-1 overall) will face top-seeded and NAIA No. 10-ranked Marymount (California) for the league crown at 1 p.m. today, Nov. 12, at Merced Lake Field.

Marymount (15-2-1) is the two-time defending Cal Pac champion. The winner of the match qualifies for the NAIA National Championship Tournament, which kicks off next Saturday, Nov. 19.

Marymount (Calif.) 2 Embry-Riddle women 0

TORRANCE, Calif. – Fourth-seeded underdog Marymount (Calif.) upset the NAIA No. 19-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team, bringing the Eagles’ 2016 season to an abrupt conclusion.

Marymount (10-9 overall record) will lock horns with Antelope Valley of California (12-5), which upset top-seeded Cal-Merced (12-2-3) in the conference’s other semi, for the league championship at 10 a.m. today, Nov. 12. The tournament winner receives an automatic berth into the NAIA National Championship Tournament, which opens next Saturday, Nov. 19.

On Thursday, Marymount led Embry-Riddle 2-0 at halftime and made the shutout stick. Megan Finney (20th minute) and Emily Atkinson (30th minute) scored a goal apiece for the Mariners. ERAU outshot Marymount 18-8, but could not put the ball in the net against the Mariners’ stingy back-row defense.

Embry-Riddle finished the 2016 campaign with a 13-3-2 overall record. Two of the Eagles’ three losses this season came to Marymount.

VOLLEYBALL La Sierra (California) 3 Embry-Riddle 1

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Cal Pac Conference regular-season champion Embry-Riddle volleyball team was eliminated from the postseason in this upset at the hands of fourth-seeded La Sierra (California).

La Sierra (14-12 overall record) was the same squad that defeated the Eagles in the Cal Pac Conference tournament championship match in 2015.

Last year, La Sierra swept the Eagles to reach the NAIA National Championship Tournament. On Thursday, La Sierra needed four sets (25-15, 21-25, 25-11, 27-25) to defeat ERAU and advance to the league’s title match.

La Sierra will take on Benedictine-Mesa (20-7 overall record), which beat Cal-Merced in five games (17-25, 25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 15-9) in the other semifinal, at 6 p.m. today, Nov. 12, in Riverside. The winner of that match earns an automatic berth into the NAIA National Championship Tournament, which begins next Saturday, Nov. 19.

On Thursday, La Sierra, which lost to Embry-Riddle twice in the regular season, compiled a .231 hitting percentage while limiting the Eagles to a .147. Michele Mendizabal led the Golden Eagles offensively with 21 kills. Taylor Moran and Kiana Krumm followed with 17 kills and 14 kills, respectively.

ERAU (20-5 overall record) and its attack received significant contributions from Jalin Yoder, who tallied 14 kills, and Jordan Jones, who registered 10 kills.