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Women's Soccer - Fri, Sep. 8, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Jacqueline Talley made eight saves in the second half of a shutout loss to No. 20 ERAZ
Jacqueline Talley made eight saves in the second half of a shutout loss to No. 20 ERAZ
Hope International
(20)Embry-Riddle (AZ)

PRESCOTT, AZ – Hope International suffered its first loss of the 2017 season on Friday, Sept. 8 at Embry-Riddle (AZ). The No. 20 Eagles hosted the Royals and took an early lead that was never relinquished for a shutout victory at home against the visiting HIU squad.

HIU surrendered the lead in the 10th minute of the match after a shot from distance found its way passed the Royals' starting keeper for the early 1-0 lead. After working against the relentless effort of the Eagles for another 20 minutes the Royals' back line surrendered a second goal for a 2-0 deficit. With eight minutes left before halftime, the Royals' defense would be gashed once more for a third tally in the 38th minute. Two of the Eagles' three goals were created by their strong midfield play and HIU trailed 3-0 at the half.

True to form for the 2017 season, Coach Matt Sanger switched his keeper at the half and put Jacqueline Talley into the net for the second period of play. Casey Pulido would finish the match as the keeper of record for surrendering the three goals but did manage to make five saves while minding the net and faced 11 shots in her 45 minutes of play.

Talley faced 10 shots and saved eight of the ten to keep the net clean for HIU in the second half. The Eagles' two unsaved shots sailed wide of the frame in the second half, giving Talley an impressive .800 save rate in her 45 minutes of action in the Royals' goal.

The Royals were outshot in both periods by their hosts and managed only eight shots for the entire match – of the eight shots HIU took, only four made it on-frame and required a save by the Eagles' keeper. HIU suffered its first loss of 2017 in the match as a result and its first shutout defeat in nearly a year – the Royals' last shutout loss came on the road at Westmont on Oct. 15, 2016.

HIU will now return home to host another CalPac opponent, University of Antelope Valley, on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 1:00 pm in Fullerton. Head to Fullerton College to support your Royals or tune in via live stat links offered on our website, hiuroyals.com.

W - Soccer
Overall GSAC Streak
4-3-2 (.556) 1-0-1 (.750) Won 1