Orange Beach, Ala. – The 20th ranked Robert Morris Women’s Soccer team lost to 14th ranked Embry-Riddle University (Fla.) by the score of 6-1 in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championships on Tuesday, November 27th. The loss eliminated the Eagles and ended their season with a 16-7 record.
RMU had the first scoring chance of the game when Florence Dadson beat two defenders and hit a shot just wide of the Embry-Riddle goal just minutes into the game. However, it would be Embry-Riddle opening up the scoring with a rebound shot off of a corner kick by Helena Hansson for a 1-0 lead. Just five minutes later, RMU scored an own goal and found themselves trailing 2-0. In the 17th minute, Embry-Riddle capitalized on another corner kick as Krizzy Menez headed in a Katherine Ebbs head ball for a 3-0 lead. Valerie Obita gave Embry-Riddle a 4-0 lead in the 21st minute when she finished a Menez cross.
The Eagles pulled one back on a Florence Dadson free kick goal in the 29th minute to cut the deficit to 4-1 to give the Eagles a little bit of life but Embry-Riddle earned a penalty kick in the 41st minute and Martine Olsen converted to make it a 5-1 game. Embry-Riddle made it 6-1 in the 42nd minute as Obita stole the ball from a RMU defender and went in all alone against goalkeeper Ana Hernandez, dribbling around her and slotting the ball into the empty net.
Neither team would find the back of the net in the second half, and the Eagles were eliminated from the NAIA National Championships with a 6-1 loss to Embry-Riddle. The Eagles were outshot in the game 20-10.
“It was a bad day for uncharacteristic errors in the back by us,” stated RMU Head Coach Kurt Melcher. “We created a lot of Embry-Riddle’s chances but give credit to them for taking full advantage of them. However, I don’t feel today was the best representation of how we have played for the majority of this year. Today was a tough ending to a great season.”
The loss not only ended the Eagles’ season but also ended the outstanding careers of RMU seniors Olivia Amoako, Shannon Bennett, Izaela De La Rosa, Joanne Gracia, and Juana Valle. The seniors are pictured below.