PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) had their chances to beat Oregon Tech but could not find the back of the net as each team put goose eggs on the scoreboard in an exciting double overtime thriller.
No. 10 ERAU (1-0-1) and OIT (0-0-1) struggled to get things going offensively in the first half. Both teams only managed to get 12 shots combined. Kirsten Strauss (FR/Gilbert, Ariz.) and Ally Leara (SR/Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) played really well on the back line thwarting multiple chances.
The second half proved to be more defensive until the final 20 minutes. OIT got their best two chances on shots that would go off the cross bar before the Eagles could get rid of the ball. Sierra Vicente (SO/Las Vegas, Nev.) and Parker Lee (SR/Kennewick, Wash.) would get the best chances for the Eagles but could not come through and the game would go to overtime.
ERAU would do their best in the overtime periods putting shot after shot on target challenging the Lady Owls defense. But it was a shot by the Lady Owls that got the action rolling as Caitlyn Aaron (SR/Flower Mound, Texas) was forced to dive to her right to save the potential game winner.
ERAU controlled the run of play for most of the extra periods. Riley Martinson (JR/Deer Park, Wash.) took on multiple defenders and got off a shot that slid just left of the far post and went out for a corner. Later, Martinson would cut in from the right and take on a shot with her left foot that the keeper was forced to parry out of play. Soon after Lee had a rip from outside the box that forced the keeper to dive backwards and knock it over the cross bar.
Both teams played well enough to deserve a result and that is exactly what they got. ERAU will head to No. 14 Eastern Oregon six days from today at 6:30 pm MST.