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The Embry-Riddle women’s soccer team celebrated senior night with a 2-1 win against Palm Beach Atlantic (4-8-1), Wednesday at the Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium. Wednesday’s game marked the final home game for Katherine Ebbs, Olivia Lynch, Jennifer Grimes, Andrea Froshaug, Kristin Sverrisdottir, Janina Helwig and Khyla Brangman and all seven seniors played a role in helping the Blue and Gold improve to 9-3-1 on the year.
The Eagles had the better of the offense for the majority of the game, dominating the Sailfish 21-5 in shots and 11-2 in corner kicks. But while they created more chances, the Eagles were only able to score twice, with both goals coming in the first half.
“Senior Night is always tricky as there are waves of emotions, but I thought we started well,” ERAU Head Coach Samantha Bohon said. “It’s always a fantastic night when I can get all of our seniors in the game. Their goal late was a bit unfortunate but it won’t take away from this special night and our chance to honor these players. We will miss each of them; we’re so grateful for their investment in our program over the years.”
After the Eagles won a corner kick in the 18th minute, the ball bounced around the box before falling to Guro Naess Berge. The freshman took a shot from point blank range but PBA goalie Isabella Granlund came up with a kick save to keep the ball out of the net. Stina Naess Berge was able to finish what her twin started as she put back the rebound to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
At the 32:10 mark, Guro Naess Berge got into the scoring column herself. Again, the goal was the result of a corner that Palm Beach Atlantic was unable to clear out of the box. Guro Naess Berge was able to corral the loose ball and tapped in her second goal of the season to put the Blue and Gold up 2-0 at the half.
In the second frame, neither side was able to establish possession for an extended period of time. Although they took nine of their 11 corner kicks in the second, the Eagles couldn’t come up with another score.
With under two minutes left to play, the Sailfish managed avoid the shutout as Nicole Shaffer deposited a long-range shot into the upper 90 for a 2-1 final.
“I can’t say that was a pretty performance by our group, but I have to give credit to Chris [Gnehm] and his team for their efforts,” Bohon concluded. “We didn’t really settle into a rhythm for extended periods of time. It was good to see that despite our touch being a bit off, we still found a way to put the ball in the back of the net twice against a very hard-working team. How about our twins scoring both goals?”
The Eagles will be back on the road on Saturday when they travel to Boca Raton to take on Lynn at 7 p.m.