MERCED, Calif. - In a rematch of the 2018 California Pacific Conference Championship match, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) women's soccer narrowly escaped an upset from the University of California at Merced thanks to a late Maddy Mak<https://www.eraueagles.com/roster/15/11/1342> (SR/Renton, Wash.) converted penalty.
If the match was only five minutes long the Eagles (5-3-2, 2-0 Cal Pac) would have won, because Sierra Vicente<https://www.eraueagles.com/roster/15/11/1347> (SO/Las Vegas, Nev.) (4) and Riley Martinson<https://www.eraueagles.com/roster/15/11/1330> (JR/Deer Park, Wash.) connected to get the first goal at 41:46. The Eagles tested the Bobcats' (3-3-1, 1-1 Cal Pac) Ally Lozano all day making her save 10. The momentum shifted as the half played and the UCM offense woke up. They managed to match the Eagles early pressure and scored before the halftime whistle. UCM took the only corner of the half despite the Eagles getting five shots on frame.
The first half was fast paced but the second was blazing in comparison. Each team got up at least nine shots and Caitlyn Aaron<https://www.eraueagles.com/roster/15/11/1328> (SR/Flower Mound, Texas) was forced to make five saves. The moment of the match came on a quick counter by the Eagles. Katy Hyde<https://www.eraueagles.com/roster/15/11/1411> (FR/Denton, Texas) was slipped through the defense and had a one on one with Lozano who tripped up the freshman in the box, then the ref signaled for a penalty. The senior, Mak (1) stepped up and beat the diving keeper. ERAU held on for dear life and walked out 2-0 on the weekend.
The Eagles will be back in Prescott next Friday when they take on Soka University at 5:00 pm MST.