Embry-Riddle notched just two shots all game, but one of those connected for a goal and it would be the only one the Eagles needed to top Carroll College 1-0 Friday in men's soccer action at Nelson Stadium.
Carroll outshot the Eagles 14-2 -- a margin that included an 8-1 edge in shots on goal -- but failed to get the ball into the net.
The Saints controlled possession for nearly all of the first half, but a counter attack in the 39th minute yielded the lone shot of the half for the Eagles and the only goal of the game. Mason Laaksonen received a pass in open space and dribbled up the center of the field.
He went left at the last minute and sent the ball to the post, squeaking it into the net.
The Saints had an opportunity in the final minutes, but there was an offside call which negated a goal.
Carroll peppered the goal in the second half with 10 shots, including six on-goal, but to no avail. ERAU goalkeeper Alastair Stark kept a clean sheet to push his team to the win.
The Saints open up Cascade Conference play on Sept. 16 on the road at Northwest Christian.
Saints volleyball falls to Jamestown
The 16th-ranked Carroll College Volleyball team fell to No. 23 Jamestown University (N.D.) 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-13.
"We had way too many errors," coach Moe Boyle said. "We really let Jamestown dictate the style of play, and they put us on our heels. We went back to the hitting and serving errors that plagued earlier this season and our hitting percentage went into the tank."
The Saints hit just .123 overall. Brielle Bumgarner stood out with nine kills on a .333 hitting percentage. Paige Montgomery tallied 10 kills for the match.
Jonni Dorr had 34 assists and 14 digs. Rayna Pilgeram notched 13 digs.
The loss broke up a seven-match win streak for the Saints, who open the Frontier Conference season Sept. 14 at No. 22 Montana Tech. Boyle hopes this was a wake-up call with a tough Oredigger team first up on the schedule.
"We were too worried about them and we didn't take care of the ball on our net," Boyle said. "I hope to use this loss to propel us into a greater sense of urgency on the court, especially as we dive into conference season next week."
Bruins post three wins in Falls; HHS wins one
The local AA volleyball teams completed the first day of pool play at the Electric City Invitational on Friday.
Capital High posted a 3-1-3 mark in the Great Falls High pool. The Lady Bruins beat Butte, Havre and Big Sky 2-0; split with Billings West, Skyview and Great Falls High 1-1; and lost to Glacier 2-0.
Helena High went 1-3-3 in the CM Russell pool. The Lady Bengals beat Lewistown 2-0; split 1-1 with CMR, Missoula Hellgate and Flathead; and lost 2-0 to Missoula Sentinel, Bozeman and Billings Senior.
The tourney concludes Saturday with bracket competition.