The 25th-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team was not in a high-scoring affair like its season opener, but still played a tight game on Monday. The Eagles picked up a 2-0 win on the first day of school, defeating Rocky Mountain College for its first win of the year.
It took until the second half for the ERAU to find the back of the net, but it came on an amazing shot. Just inside the midfield like, junior defender Ellie Neal wound up and booted a ball that fell above the goalkeeper’s head and under the bar.
That was the second goal in two games for Neal, who converted on a corner kick last Tuesday. Neal is now responsible for half of the team’s goals credited to an Eagle player.
“Any time I hit those, I just aim for the back sticks or under the crossbar and hope for the best,” Neal said. “That one happened to go in, and in part, my team putting me in that opportunity.”
The Eagles would add an insurance goal in the 81’ when a Kari Kasun cross was redirected by a Rocky defender and into the goal. Embry-Riddle would hold onto that lead for the remainder of the contest, posting its first shutout of 2022.
Two different keepers played for the Embry-Riddle, as Annabelle Ruckle made a save during the first half. Lucy Hayward then played the final 45 minutes, making five key saves to keep the Battlin’ Bears off the board.
Embry-Riddle took more shots, taking 12 to RMC’s 10, but the Battlin’ Bears had more shots on target, having a seven to five advantage. The Eagles also had more corner kicks, having seven throughout the evening.
Embry-Riddle will hit the road for the first time this season, heading to Northwestern Ohio for a pair of games. The Eagles will play University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday, September 3 with kickoff scheduled for 10 a.m. AZ Time.