Embry-Riddle women’s soccer blanks pesky Marymount, moves to 3-0 in Cal Pac
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — The defending Cal Pac Conference champion and NAIA No. 11-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team may have some competition in its attempt at a repeat title this fall.
But the Eagles, NAIA national tournament qualifiers in 2017, sure aren’t shying away from any and all challengers.
Embry-Riddle, which went unbeaten in conference last year at 8-0, won its third straight Cal Pac match on Saturday night, shutting out gritty Marymount (California), 2-0, at El Camino College.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in the Cal Pac. They remained in a first-place tie with Benedictine-Mesa (4-4 overall, 3-0 Cal Pac), a winner of four straight, in the league standings. Marymount dropped to 2-8 and 2-2.
Saturday’s match was deadlocked in a scoreless tie until the second half, when defender Maddy Mak scored on a penalty kick and Breanna Larkin subsequently added an insurance goal on an assist from Sierra Vicente to seal it.
Embry-Riddle outshot Marymount, 9-7, for the match, including a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Backed by the trusty defense of workhorse defenders Erica Heil, Ally Leara, Mak and Adri Jackson, Eagles goalkeeper Caitlyn Aaron earned the victory between the posts, tallying four saves in 90 minutes of shutout ball.
Embry-Riddle continues conference action when the Eagles return home to their campus field in Prescott for a Thursday, Oct. 4, match versus Simpson of California (1-5 overall, 1-2 Cal Pac). Kickoff is at 5 p.m.
Marymount plays host to Sierra Nevada College of Nevada (2-7, 1-2) for the third match of its season-long four-match home stand at 5 p.m. Oct. 4.
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