Saussol shines as Golden Eagle women’s soccer splits weekend games

The Clarion Golden Eagles women’s soccer team fell last Friday afternoon 2-0 to the Edinboro Fighting Scots in a mild rain storm.

Golden Eagle senior goalkeeper Laura Saussol had a big game in net for Clarion to keep them in the game.

But the Fighting Scots scored on two of their 13 shots on goal.

The first goal scored by Edinboro came off a corner kick in the eighth minute of the game.

The ball bounced around inside the wet box and eventually led to a goal.

Edinboro’s second goal came in the 80th minute  of the match extending the lead for the Fighting Scots to a final score of 2-0.

Freshman Anna Chamberlin led the team with two shots on goal, while senior Casey Harsch and freshman Stephanie Lias had the other

Clarion head coach Sean Esterhuizen said, “(Edinboro) was one of the more organized team we have played all year.”  Esterhuizen added, “The early goal cost us.”

The Clarion Golden Eagles defeated the Mansfield Mountaineers late Saturday afternoon 2-0 at Clarion’s Memorial Stadium.

Clarion scored its first goal in the last five matches which came in the 17th minute of the game on a crazy play by sophomore Alissa Spencer after she had received the ball from Chamberlin who played it back.

Spencer booted the ball from about 50 yards out looking for a solid cross, however, the ball bounced about 10 yards from the goal line.

Mansfield goalkeeper, Sarah Nezelek, came out to receive the ball on a bounce, but instead the ball bounced over her head and rolled into the net.              

The second Golden Eagle goal came off an accurate pass by freshman Erin Rodgers on a throw in.

She found Chamberlin on a route who nailed the ball into the back of the net in the 54th minute of the match.

The Golden Eagles grabbed the victory though Mansfield outshot Clarion 20-16.

Clarion finished as a team with six shots on goal.

Mansfield had 10 shots on net, but Saussol stopped all of them recording her 14th career shutout.

Esterhuizen said “Great strike on the second goal. The first goal was a bizarre play.” He added “Good overall play and a team win, everyone pitched in.”

The Golden Eagles improved their record to 3-6-1 with the victory over Mansfield.

Clarion will be in action again this Saturday as they travel to West Chester for a noon matchup.

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