ERAU men’s soccer blisters Sierra Nevada
Eagles now in 2nd place in Cal Pac
Grant Rowe and Nick Goldstein scored two goals apiece, and goalkeeper Jake Hutto tallied three saves in 90 minutes, guiding Embry-Riddle’s men’s soccer team to a 5-0 victory over Sierra Nevada in Cal Pac Conference play Saturday afternoon.
On their campus field in Prescott, the Eagles logged their second straight shutout victory this week in the league. ERAU blanked Cal Maritime, 7-0, Thursday at home.
The Eagles, winners of three consecutive matches and six of their last seven, improved their record to 8-5 overall and 6-1 in the Cal Pac.
Simon Jensen also registered a goal for the hosts on Saturday, while David Bates had two assists and Sergio Gonzalez and Devin Ries added one assist each.
For the match, Embry-Riddle outshot Sierra Nevada, 18-16, including 11-3 on goal. The teams were deadlocked in a scoreless tie at halftime before the Eagles broke free. Leading 3-0 late in the match, ERAU dropped in a pair of insurance goals in the 86th and 88th minutes, respectively, for the 5-0 lead that stood.
The referee issued Sierra Nevada four yellow cards and a red card in the game. The Eagles received none.
Embry-Riddle has five regular-season matches left on its 2017 schedule, four of which are in conference. The Eagles travel to La Sierra University in Riverside, California, later in the week. Kickoff for the Cal Pac game is scheduled for noon on Friday, Oct. 20.
The Eagles currently sit in second place in the Cal Pac. La Sierra (7-4, 5-0) is in third. Both teams trail NAIA No. 16-ranked frontrunner Marymount California (9-2-2, 6-0).
The Cal Pac Conference Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 10 and 11 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The NAIA National Tournament begins Nov. 18 and concludes Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Delray Beach, Florida.