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No. 8 Eagles notch 8th straight win, drop La Sierra 3-1
College Women's Soccer

Embry Riddle's Maddy Mak takes a shot against Simpson on Oct. 4 in Prescott. The No. 8-ranked Eagles beat La Sierra 3-1 on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Embry Riddle's Maddy Mak takes a shot against Simpson on Oct. 4 in Prescott. The No. 8-ranked Eagles beat La Sierra 3-1 on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Lee, Markham and Jackson all score in Cal Pac clash; Embry-Riddle gearing up for postseason run

PRESCOTT — Krista Lee, Madalyn Markham and Adri Jackson each scored a goal and the No. 8-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team won its eighth straight contest with a 3-1 victory over La Sierra on Thursday afternoon.

Embry-Riddle (13-2, 8-0 Cal Pac) has outscored its opponents 41-3 during the eight-match winning streak, including five-straight shutouts before La Sierra’s Mariah Anaya scored in the 64th minute Thursday to end the streak.

Eagles head coach Todd Poitras pointed out his club’s ability to spread the ball around and score as to why they’ve been successful as of late.

“That’s one of the things that’s been a strong point for us. No one has the bulk of goals for us if you look at the box scores,” Poitras said, adding later, “It’s not like you can defend one player, or take one player out of the game defensively.”

In 90 minutes of play, the Eagles outshot La Sierra (5-5, 2-4 Cal Pac) 25-2, including 15 shots on goal. Markham opened the afternoon’s scoring off an assist by Riley Martinson and Parker Lee in the 26th minute to give Embry-Riddle a 1-0 advantage.

In the second half, Jackson scored off an assist from Ally Leara to make it 2-0 in the 61st minute before La Sierra made it 2-1 on Anaya’s goal. Lee put the match out of reach with her goal in the 73rd minute, giving the Eagles eight matches this season when they’ve scored three goals or more.

Eagles goalkeeper Caitlyn Aaron recorded one save on the afternoon.

GROWTH

Poitras said he’s been pleased on how well the Eagles have grown since the 2-0 loss to No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Spring Arbor on Sept. 15.

“We’ve seen a lot of maturity, and we have great senior leadership. A lot of the team is the same from last year … it’s been blessing they’ve all been able to grow together, and even bring the freshman along,” Poitras said. “We can play with the best the NAIA has to offer.”

UP NEXT

The Eagles have two matches remaining on the regular season schedule, the first a road trip to Providence Christian on Saturday, Sept. 20. Official start time is 1 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Embry-Riddle hosts Benedictine-Mesa (7-5, 6-1 Cal Pac) with a 1 p.m. start time.

As for the Cal Pac Conference Championships, Embry-Riddle will host the tournament Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8 through 10. Official start times have yet to be released.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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