MERCED, Calif. – Another classic match between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) men's soccer and University of California at Merced went down on Sunday. The match went into extra time like their last matchup in the California Pacific Conference championships, but ERAU (5-3-1, 1-1 Cal Pac) was on the losing side this time around.
The Eagles controlled the run of play in the first half, taking eight shots and totaling seven corners. No chances equated to goals though. The No. 25 Bobcats (7-1-1, 2-0 Cal Pac) played a physical brand of A in the first half fouling the Eagles on 10 different occasions. There was never a true flow to the match because of all of the fouls and it was even at the half.
There was a similar theme in the second half as the Bobcats fouled the Eagles another nine times. Both teams were able to shoot six times but only five combined made it on frame. The Eagles controlled the corner count again but nothing materialized. This forced extra time.
The shortened periods allowed the Bobcats to get their feet under them and it opened up. They were all over the Eagles forcing Michal Serdynski (FR/Szczecin, Poland) to save two shots. Unfortunately, for the Eagles, the Bobcats capitalized on an opportunity in the second period and ended the match.
ERAU will be back at Varsity Field next Friday at 7:30 pm MST taking on Soka University.