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Eagles Women’s Soccer Advances After Strong Second Half
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19 November 2017
 
Eagles freshman forward Riley Martinson celebrates after scoring the go-ahead goal against The University of The Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers at home on Saturday, November 19th, in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Eagles Women's Soccer Advances to NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Round of 16

PRESCOTT- Embry Riddle Eagles Women’s Soccer Head Coach Todd Poitras was tired of going to Alabama every year to be on the tournament committee without his team. After a 3-1 win at home on Saturday night, November 18th, against the University of The Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers, Poitras will have some extra friends join him on the trip as the Embry Riddle Eagles women’s soccer team are moving on to the Round of 16 of the 2017 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Women’s Soccer National Championship in Orange Beach, Alabama.

“It’s just a goal for the program, it’s a goal for this group of women and the thrill and exhilaration for them is amazing,” Poitras said. “I couldn’t be any more thrilled for this group of women. They absolutely have worked their tails off and have absolutely earned it.”

Things didn’t start off on the scoreboard for the Eagles, going into halftime with a 1-0 deficit. However, the scoreboard didn’t tell the whole story. Embry Riddle was outshooting the Drovers in the first half.

“We went into the locker room feeling a little bit defeated,” Eagles freshman forward Riley Martinson said. “(Coach) Todd (Poitras) knew just how to pump us up. He said guys, listen to the stats, we’re outshooting them 3-1. It’s there, the final step just isn’t there. We just need to come together, work hard and finish.”

“We were obviously dominating on the offensive side, we were just down on the scoreboard,” Poitras said. “We talked (at halftime) about being patient but having a sense of urgency…let’s get the first one then we knew the second one would come.”

The Eagles would get that first goal and crack the scoreboard on a score by Martinson in the 62nd minute, assisted by sophomore Jennifer Ruth. It would only take 16 minutes for the Eagles to break through again as Martinson sent the ball into the back of the net after receiving it from Ruth and Parker Lee.

“First, I was like oh my God, we got a goal,” Martinson said. “My second thought was oh my God, my physics grade is screwed. I’m going to miss a week of school in Alabama! It’s worth it!”

Eagles junior Krista Lee sealed the win for the Eagles with two minutes remaining on a goal assisted by Caitlyn Aaron and Ruth.

“From the first preseason games, I knew we were going to be a strong team but I didn’t know that we’d be able to make it this far,” Martinson said. “This was always our goal but it was always kind of like oh wouldn’t it be cool if we made it to Alabama…as it started going we were like hey, we can really get to Alabama.”

Embry Riddle faces the second-seeded Spring Arbor University on Tuesday, November 28th, at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Alabama. Start time in Arizona is 10 am.

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Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.