ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - A pair of penalty kicks by Martine Olsen and a goal by Valerie Obita lifted the fourth-ranked Embry-Riddle (Fla.) women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over sixth-ranked Mobile (Ala.) in the NAIA Game of the Week, Saturday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The victory improved the Eagles' overall record to 5-3, while the Lady Rams fall to 4-2-1 on the year.
The Eagles had the better of the offense, outshooting the Lady Rams 12-3 for the contest, including an 8-0 advantage in the second half, and registering six shots on frame compared to just two by Mobile.
The Eagles held a 4-3 edge in shots in the first half and had the first chance to score in the 27th minute when the defense put the Blue and Gold in a three-v-one situation after clearing a corner kick. Obita raced down the field and was able to get by the Lady Rams' last defender, but Mobile goalkeeper Gill McMahon blocked Obita's shot attempt to keep the Eagles off the board.
With 5:59 remaining in the first half, Olsen received the ball in midfield, spun and played KrizzyMenez through on the left side. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Menez dribbled the ball into the box and took a quick touch that beat McMahon. In an effort to stop Menez, McMahon tripped the ERAU senior inside the 18-yard box, which led to an immediate red card, forcing the Lady Rams to play with just 10 players for the remainder of the match. After starting the play, Olsen ended it by converting on the penalty kick to put the Eagles up 3-1.
Despite being down a player, the Lady Rams managed to get a goal in the closing seconds of the first half. Mobile won a free kick just inside the Eagles' defensive half and after ERAU failed to clear the ball out of danger, Jesslyn Fagundes converted on her second shot of the half to pull the Lady Rams level.
In the 62nd minute, the Lady Rams were called for their second infraction inside the penalty area when they were whistled for a hand ball in attempt to stop an Eagle shot. Olsen, whose strike drew the foul, stepped up to the penalty spot and made good on her second penalty kick of the day to put the Blue and Gold up 2-1.
With nine minutes left in the contest, the Eagles added an insurance goal. Tova Torstensson took a throw-in on the right side of the pitch and after getting the ball back, she served it into the box where Obita headed it past substitute goalkeeper Rebecca Wynne for her ninth goal of the season.