Saussol sets Clarion soccer shutout record, Golden Eagles earn tie against Shippensburg

Senior goalkeeper Laura Saussol became Clarion’s all-time career shutouts leader with a great effort Saturday afternoon.

Saussol made 19 saves in the scoreless draw Saturday against Shippensburg.

Clarion earned a point in the tie, despite being heavily outshot, 36-11.

Clarion only managed five shots on goal compared to Shippensburg’s 19 shots.

Saussol earned her record breaking 13th shutout by stopping nine shots in the first half, six in the second half, two in the first overtime and two shots in the second overtime.

When asked about Saussol’s record breaking performance, senior Casey Harsch said, “Being able to get Sauss the record for shutouts was an awesome feeling. Coming in with her freshman year, it was something I knew she wanted. Being able to play in front of her these past four years has made it a goal of mine to get her that record. Having it happen on Saturday was a great feeling because she definitely has worked so hard to deserve it. I’m glad I was able to share that moment with her.”

Clarion, however, struggled to get shots on net.

They managed to get their first shot in the second half, but managed four that half.

Their last shot came in the second overtime.soccer online

One plus for Clarion was their time of possession, as they had 46 percent compared to Shippensburg’s 54 percent.

Clarion also had 12 strings of three or more passes compared to Shippensburg’s 13 strings.

Clarion’s best scoring chance came from freshman Anna Chamberlin, who was stopped on a fantastic save by Shippensburg goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy.

The tie against Shippensburg earned Clarion (2-5-1 overall, 2-5-1 PSAC) their first road point of the year.

Although Clarion has started out the season slow, it has still put together strong showings.

Harsch said, “Our strengths this year has definitely been experience. We brought back about half our roster and a majority of them saw playing time last year.”

Harsch continued, “What we have different from last year is how quick some of our girls are. It has started to make us a threat going forward because some of these girls are wicked fast. Another strength we have is that we have come out in a different formation and a different style of play. This helps us against other teams because it’s not something they would expect from Clarion. With a new coach in place it has definitely shook up a lot of things, but I can only see the program progressively getting better from here on out.”

Clarion returns to action Friday at Edinboro.

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