With their team coming away with a 3-1 win in the opening round of the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship this past weekend, a pair of former Flagstaff Eagles will head to Alabama for the round of 16 next week.
Sophomore Andie Dean and freshman Claire Cashmore helped Embry-Riddle, the tournament's No. 15 seed, beat the University of the Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Saturday and advance to face No. 2 seed Spring Arbor University (Michigan) on Tuesday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Dean earned All-Cal Pac Conference second-team honors this season as she started and played in 20 matches as a defensive midfielder. Cashmore played in 19 matches, starting five, as the two found similar success at Embry-Riddle as they did for Flagstaff.
With an 18-3 record, the only non-shutout victory of the season came in last weekend's opener of the NAIA tournament. Allowing just 10 goals as a team this year, 17 wins came with a clean sheet, including a pair of overtime wins. All 10 goals came from nationally ranked opponents, with Embry-Riddle's 10 matches against conference opponents coming as shutouts.
Finishing 8-0 in the regular season, Embry-Riddle won the Cal Pac Conference title with a 4-0 win against La Sierra and a 1-0 victory against UC Merced. The regular-season effort earned the school the right to host a postseason tournament game, in which it rallied from a 1-0 deficit to advance to Alabama.
COCONINO 4, TEMPE 1
Opening their season earlier than the rest of the teams in town, the Coconino Panthers handed the Tempe Buffaloes a 4-1 loss Tuesday afternoon at Coconino High School.
With a meeting with rival Flagstaff set for Thursday, Nov. 30, on its home field, Coconino will enter the only meeting between the schools with the only regular-season match on record.
Finishing 7-3 a year ago, with a 2-3 Grand Canyon Region record, Coconino also beat Tempe 5-0 in the 2016-17 season.
FLAGSTAFF 76, BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN 66
Tasked with introducing a new roster to the Grand Canyon Region immediately, the Flagstaff Eagles beat the Bradshaw Mountain Bears in Monday's season opener in their home gym.
The Eagles will face Estrella Foothills on Tuesday, set for a 7 p.m. start in Goodyear.