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ERAU Takes Shutout Streak to California

The 18th-ranked Embry-Riddle Eagles have not allowed a goal in six games, and look to continue that streak when they head to Southern California for a pair of Cal Pac matches. The Eagles are the only team in the Cal Pac to be featured in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Poll, as the team jumped up one spot from no. 19 in the latest rankings that were released on Wednesday.

This Week’s Matches

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Thursday, September 22 at Soka, 5:00 p.m. The Lion’s Den, Aliso Viejo, Calif. – Live Stats | Live Video

Saturday, September 24 at Saint Katherine, 5:30 p.m., Pine Park, Carlsbad, Calif. – Live Stats | Live Video

The Opponents

Soka (0-5-2, 0-1-1 Cal Pac): The Lions have not won a game yet this season, and have not scored in its last four contests. Soka did battle hard in its conference opener against Simpson University, but that game resulted in a 0-0 draw.

Saint Katherine (2-3-3, 1-1 Cal Pac): The Firebirds have had an interesting start to its season, picking up some important decisions despite currently sitting under .500. Saint Katherine shut out Park-Gilbert last Wednesday, but dropped a 3-1 final to UC Merced last Sunday. USK will face Westcliff on Thursday, two days before the Saturday night showdown.

Eagle Notes

The Eagles are currently riding a 567:36 shutout streak, and have not allowed a goal since the first game of the season. The ERAU keepers have made 18 saves over the last six games, and the team has compiled a 5-0-1 record. The six shutouts are the third-most in the NAIA.

For the second time in three weeks, sophomore goalkeeper Annabelle Ruckle was named the Cal Pac Defender of the Week. Ruckle made three key saves last weekend to help the Eagles start conference play undefeated. Ruckle has also played all but 45 minutes of the current 567:36 shutout streak.

Rae Yoshioka and Kylee Bennett have been key distributors in the midfield so far this season, as they each have a Cal Pac-leading four assists. Yoshioka has had three of those assists over the last trio of game, and Bennett had a pair against Pacific Union last Friday.

The Eagles have been getting its opportunities as well, as they rank high in the NAIA in a few categories. Embry-Riddle ranks 24th in the NAIA in corner kicks (41), 43rd in shots per game (17.6), and 55th in shots on goal (62).  

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