The 2019 Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team made program history Sunday as the Eagles (10-5-3) won their first Sunshine State Conference Tournament title.
The fourth-seeded Eagles outlasted No. 2 seed Rollins (12-4-1) in a penalty kick shootout to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Soccer Championships.
The Tars struck first in the game as Kathryn O’Brien capitalized on an ERAU defensive miscue to net the game’s first goal in the eighth minute. The Eagles had chances to even the score, including a Marie Myhrvold Seim shot that missed to the left and a Julia Olsson strike that was saved by Rollins goalkeeper Elena Beasley, but at the half the score remained 1-0 in favor of the home team.
The Eagles came out pressuring the Rollins defense in the second half and at the 59:29 mark, their efforts resulted in a goal. After the Tars sent the ball out over the end line, Isabelle Navren’s corner kick found Rita Okoro on the near post and the senior headed home her seventh goal of the year to pull the Eagles level at 1-1.
Throughout the remainder of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, neither team was able to add to its tally on the scoreboard, sending the game to the penalty kicks to determine the champion.
After the first three penalty attempts missed the mark, Okoro stepped up to the spot and buried her attempt to put the Eagles up 1-0. After Rollins made it 1-1, each of the next two kickers converted on their attempts to make it 3-3. The penalty kick score did not change as each of the next five kickers missed, including a Rollins attempt that was stopped by Dana Ruchti, bringing the Eagles’ eighth penalty kick taker, Fanny Kristiansson to the spot. Kristiansson, who cheered her team on from the bench through the entirety of regulation and overtime, rose to the occasion and buried her penalty kick to send the Eagles to regionals.
Eugene sets records in B-CU volleyball regular season finale
Shayla Eugene set two Bethune-Cookman University volleyball records in Sunday’s 3-2 regular season finale (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 14-9) loss at North Carolina Central.
With her first dig of the match, the senior from Fort Worth, Texas, passed Jordan Jefferson’s 2018 total of 464 for the single-season dig mark, then preceded to smash the single-match record with 39, besting the previous mark of 33 in 2107 by Alana Handy against North Carolina Central.
Eugene also passed the 500-dig barrier with 503 as the Lady Wildcats (8-23 overall, 5-9 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) dropped the decision to the Eagles (8-23,7-7) for the Southern Division’s No. 2 seed at the MEAC tournament in Washington.
Faith Landreneaux posted 11 kills, five blocks and two services aces, while Jordan Jefferson finished with her 43rd double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs while Miranda White added seven kills and four services aces. BCU forced the fifth set when Landreneaux had two aces and two kills in a set-ending 6-1 run.
Eugene now has 913 digs in two season, the most for a two-year player in the program and third on the all-time list.
Hatters sweep NJIT in regular season finale
Stetson completed its regular season schedule with a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-16) sweep over NJIT on Sunday afternoon at the Wellness and Events Center.
The Hatters (12-14) finished ASUN play with a 9-7 record, marking their first winning season in the conference since 2002. In addition, Stetson’s nine ASUN victories tied a school record and the team’s .563 conference winning percentage set a new program high-water mark.
Libero Chelcie Spence recorded 15 digs to surpass the 400-dig mark for the second year in a row. She also moved into second place on Stetson’s all-time digs list.
Emily DeStaffino posted her 11th double-double of the season with a 38-assist, 12-dig performance. Elena Djokovic led the offense with 13 kills and Riley Nieporte added 11.
The Hatters will be the No. 5 seed for the ASUN Championship and unofficially will face No. 4 seed Lipscomb in the quarterfinals Thursday night in Fort Myers.
Hatters fall to Fort Wayne in basketball
Purdue Fort Wayne broke open a tight game with a 10-0 run early in the second half as the Mastodons downed Stetson, 79-55, Saturday at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Stetson’s Rob Perry scored seven straight points to get the Hatters (2-1) within 35-32 with 15:32 to play, but the Mastodons (2-3) responded by scoring the next 10 points for a 45-32 lead with 13:16 to go. Stetson never got closer than 10 points (45-35) the rest of the way.
Stetson struggled on the offensive end for much of the night, shooting just 41 percent from the field. The Hatters shot at a 33-percent clip in the first half but limited PFW to 34.5-percent shooting in the same half and trailed just 29-25 at halftime.
The Mastodons recovered after the break and shot 60 percent in the second half, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range. Stetson shot 50 percent after halftime, but couldn’t keep up from beyond the arc, going 3 of 7 from deep in the final 20 minutes.
Stetson freshman Mahamadou Diawara enjoyed a strong night in the post for the Hatters, scoring 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting, and grabbing 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Perry finished with 11 points and Christiaan Jones chipped in 10.
ERAU beats Auburn Montgomery in basketball
Embry-Riddle improved to 5-0 on Saturday night, having no issue with Auburn Montgomery in the final game of the 2019 Daytona Mitsubishi/Kia Shootout, 115-80.
The Eagles scored in triple-digits for the third straight game, marking the first time since 2000 the Blue and Gold had done that.
The Warhawks (2-3) couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting Eagles who finished the game with 20 three-pointers, one shy of the program record and 32 assists, the eighth-most in team history.
It was a very balanced effort from the home team as six Eagles scored in double-figures, led by Elijah Jenkins’ 18 points.
Luka Majstorovic had one of the best games of his career, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds and a career-high nine blocks, flirting with, what would have been, the fourth triple-double in ERAU basketball history.
ERAU loses to Saint Leo in volleyball
The Embry-Riddle volleyball team lost its second straight match for the first time this season, falling to Saint Leo 3-1 (26-24, 25-18, 17-25, 25-16) on Saturday evening.
The Eagles drop to 19-6 on the season, 12-6 in conference play, while the Lions improve to 20-10, 11-8 in SSC matches. Olivia Roa recorded 21 digs, giving her 2,117 for her career, which moved her past Hannah Gray (2012-14) to become the program’s new all-time leader in digs.
Melanie Canfield led the Eagles with 10 kills while Amelia Hartnett added nine kills and six blocks and Alyssa Rudd tallied a double-double with 31 assists and 18 digs.