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The Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team returned to the win column with a 4-0 shutout of Eckerd, Saturday at the Tritons’ Turley Athletic Complex. Senior Andrea Froshaug led the way for the Blue and Gold with a hat trick and an assist as the Eagles improved their record to 5-3 overall, while the Tritons moved to 4-3-1.
The Eagles dominated possession from the start. While the box score showed the Eagles with a 12-8 advantage in shots, the game was not that close as the Eagle defense did not allow the Triton attack to get in behind and limited Eckerd to only shots from long range.
The Eagles put their stamp of the game early with a goal at the 3:03 mark. Froshaug collected the ball on the right side of the field and outpaced the defense before depositing her fourth goal of the year into the lower left corner.
In the 31st minute, Froshaug received the ball, spun away from two defenders about 40 yards away from the goal and sent the ball out to Annie Gelnaw on the right side. Gelnaw raced into the box and easily beat Eckerd goalkeeper Angelique Ulmer for her first goal of the season to extend the Eagle lead to 2-0 at the break.
Battling the hear that came with a 2 p.m. kickoff, as well an uncomfortably hot playing surface, the Eagles went back to work in the second and 16 minutes into the frame increased the lead to 3-0. Katherine Ebbs received the ball just outside the 18-yard box, turned to face the goal and slotted a pass through to Froshuag as she made a run into the box. Froshuag took one touch to elude her defender and found the back of the net for the second time to make the score 3-0 in favor of ERAU.
Five minutes later, Ebbs and Froshaug combined again. Ebbs played a ball down the sideline, which Froshaug ran onto and finished to earn the second hat trick of her ERAU career.
“Danielle [Fotopolous] and I have been friends for 25 years, so it was really fun to be on the sideline with her,” ERAU Head Coach Samantha Bohon said following the contest. “She has invested a lot in the Eckerd program and you can see their improvement over the years.
“We are very pleased to come away with a 4-0 win today. It was a hot day on really hot turf, so scoring early was critical. We felt like we departed from our mentality and effort on Wednesday, so it was encouraging to see our team respond today. Now we’re able to get a little rest with the bye on Wednesday before playing a tough Tampa side.”
The Eagles have a week’s break before their next match, which will be a 7 p.m. home fixture against Tampa on Saturday, Oct. 3.