With offense hard to come by, Clarion women’s soccer drops out of PSAC playoff contention

The Clarion Golden Eagles soccer dropped two games this past week against West Chester and Kutztown.

The Golden Rams and Golden Eagles played a tight match in West Chester Saturday; however, the Golden Rams outshot Clarion 23-1 in the 1-0 Clarion loss.

In the match, the Golden Eagles’ only shot came off the foot of senior Katie Chambers in the second minute of the game.

Clarion was shut down the remainder of the game.

Senior Laura Saussol saved nine of the 10 shots on goal taken by West Chester.

The Golden Rams goal came in the 65th minute of the game off the foot of Dana Hunt.

“West Chester, a very good team. Going into the game we had a strategy,” said head coach Sean Esterhuizen. “The girls played it to the letter. All the assignments, the marking up, the tracking, the covering, it was excellent. I’m so proud of them. It was 0-0 at the half. It took them 65 minutes to score, and even the goal they scored, there was nothing flashy about it.”

Entering Tuesday night’s game, the Golden Eagles were clinging to life support, needing to win out as well as have help throughout the conference to even have a hope of making the PSAC playoffs.

The Kutztown Golden Bears did not come out shooting in the first half of the match; however, of their five first half shots, three of them, all off the foot of Sam Costello, happened to get past Saussol.

Costello’s natural hat- trick included goals at the 15th, 26th and 35th minute mark of the half.

The Golden Bears grabbed another goal in from Rubi Mink in the 59th minute of the game.

Saussol was pulled for Taylor Donia in the game.

Saussol finished with five saves, allowing all four Kutztown goals in the loss.

Clarion on the pitch again was outshot this time, 17-1.

Clarion’s only shot in the game came off the foot of senior Autumn Rosenberg.

“I can’t be upset with my girls, said Esterhuizen after the Kutztown game. “What I love about my team is they never quit. We have a lot of freshman that are learning the game. They have a lot of energy and a willingness to work that is going to take them far.”

The Clarion Golden Eagles finish the season with games at IUP and Mercyhurst before they return home for their season finale against the Gannon Golden Knights at Memorial Stadium Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

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