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No. 21 Embry-Riddle Beats SEU, 5-1

Strawbridge Scores on PK to Help Fire Avoid Shutout

SEUSEU's Austin Rogers

Box Score

Jonathan Goodfellow

LAKELAND, Fla—Southeastern University closed out their 2011 home schedule, Wednesday night, hosting No. 21 Embry-Riddle University at the SEU Soccer Complex. The Eagles proved to be too much for the Fire, using four first half goals to defeat Southeastern, 5-1.

The game started off slow, with only one shot on goal within the first 15 minutes of the game. However, it was clear that ERU was dominating the first half in possession, and just before the 16th minute, ERU's Viktor Gudnason put the Eagles on board. The Fire could not clear a deflected cross in the box, and Gudnason then found the ball and ripped a shot past SEU keeper, David Danahy

Despite Southeastern’s efforts, the Eagles caught on fire after that, scoring three more goals before the half.

Matthias Klatt and Sam Fairhurst both scored goals while Gudnason added his second goal of the match, just under 10 minutes to play in the half.

Southeastern sured up their defense in the second half, holding ERU to just two shots, while managing to create a few opportunities of their own. Southeastern finished the second half with seven shots.

Despite the new sound defense of SEU, the Eagles still increased their lead to 5-0. Erik Norburg scored from Gudnason at 55:46, Norburg beat Danahy from about 20 yards out.

Southeastern showed plenty of heart down the stretch, and their efforts eventually paid off. Austin Rogers took the ball into the box on a breakaway, but an Eagles defender took him out from behind, inside the scoring area. The Fire was subsequently rewarded a penalty kick, where senior Knox Strawbridge playing in his final home game, stepped up and beat ERU goalie, Nils Carlson. The goal came at 69:42 on the clock, helping SEU avoid the shutout.  

Embry-Riddle improves to 11-4-1 and improves to 8-2 in the conference.

The Fire is now 4-12 overall and 1-7 in the conference. SEU will play their final match of the season, Friday, when they will travel to Ave Maria, Fla. The game was orginally scheduled for back on September 10th, but was postponed due to lightning and heavy rain. 

Southeastern defeated Ave Maria, 6-0, in their only meeting last year in Lakeland. 

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