Clarion women’s soccer, under new coach, splits first two matches in PSAC play

Last Thursday, both the Clarion Golden Eagles and Bloomsburg Huskies women’s soccer clubs took the pitch for the first time in the 2014 campaign.
On new turf, with a new coach in Sean Esterhuizen, the Golden Eagles swooped onto victory over the Huskies with a late 89th minute goal by senior Katie Chambers.
While the Golden Eagles were mostly outplayed in the match, senior goalkeeper Laura Saussol and the defense stepped up big keeping the score knotted up for the majority of the match.
The Huskies attacked hard outshooting the Golden Eagles 18-10 in the game.
Saussol saved all eight shots on goal the Huskies took leading to her first shutout of the year.
“The only thing going through my mind was attacking the ball and trying to get through the defense and just try and get some kind of shot off,” said Chambers. “I didn’t realize I scored at first, I heard everyone else cheering in the audience and I was like ‘oh, that was me, I scored.’”
Saussol praised her defense in the 1-0 win. “My defense did a great job marking up and clearing the ball when it needed to be done.”
The rain came down on Clarion and Lock Haven Saturday night in Clarion’s second match of the season.
Former Clarion head coach Rob Eaton sent his Bald Eagles onto the pitch after they had suffered a 6-0 season opening loss to Indiana (Pa).
Early in the match the Bald Eagles grabbed a controversial goal as Jamie Hunter put it barley across the line according to the line judge. soccer online
Saussol recalls the controversy. “I remember [Hunter] was inside the 18. I deflected [the shot] and it rolled [down] the line, then I slid and knocked it out of the line. The ball never went over the line and the ref was not even on the goal line to see the ball go over but called it anyways.”
After the controversial goal the lightning struck the sky in Lock Haven leading to a 15-minute delay in the game.
“[Coach told us to] just stay positive and focused and not to worry about the goal that already happened,” said Chambers on the lightning delay.
Clarion scored only a few minutes after the delay, knotting the score at 1-1 going into halftime.
Regulation would carry on without another goal.
In the first overtime Clarion had a chance to score the game winning goal, but the only shot on goal by sophomore Mackenzie Sheesly was saved by the Lock Haven goalkeeper Michelle Cuomo.
Late in the 96th minute Clarion fouled a Lock Haven in the box leading to the eventual game winning penalty goal by Hunter, her secondof the night.
The Golden Eagles are back home this Saturday at 1 p.m. against the University of Pittsburgh- Johnstown.

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