Through 87 minutes, both Embry-Riddle and 10th-ranked OUAZ could not find the back of the net despite multiple chances in a highly contested matchup. A save off a corner, and a quick push up the field allowed the Eagles to take a late lead, and knock off the Spirit 1-0 in the first matchup between the two programs since 2019.
After Elias Ammon made an important stop off of a late corner for OUAZ, he immediately kicked the ball up field to Djougher Oliveira, who drew in two defenders, allowing Alex Frances to get open inside the 18. Oliveira got the ball over to Frances, who whipped it into the back of the net at the 87:27 mark.
The Eagles left OUAZ just 2:33 to find an equalizer, but ERAU did not allow any dangerous chances. As the game got closer to the end, the contest tightened up, making it crucial to convert on any opportunity that was given.
“This has been the mental work with precision that we’ve done because we’ve played against really good teams,” Frances said. “We learned from our mistakes when it came to precision, and converted it into a big win tonight.”
Embry-Riddle did convert on its only shot on goal in the second half, but did have five shot attempts. Ammon made five important saves, including a pair in the final 45 minutes, to secure the first win of his sophomore season.
The Eagles had seven corner kicks during the contest, picking up a lot of extra opportunities to finally break through. In his first game of the season, Oliveira took five shots in his return to the pitch.
The Eagles will now have a week off before getting to its final non-conference weekend of the regular season. Embry-Riddle will host San Diego Christian next Saturday, with kickoff from Varsity Field scheduled for Noon.