CLARION, PA – The Clarion University Women’s soccer team dropped their first two matches of the season this past week to Edinboro and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, Sept. 3, Clarion lost a close game 1-0 to Edinboro.
The lone goal was scored at the 33:53 mark by midfielder Jansen Hartmann.
Although the Fighting Scots scored only one goal, they had plenty of opportunities to score even more.
The Golden Eagles were outshot 23-6 during the course of the match, with 14 of Edinboro’s shots being on goal.
Clarion managed only one shot on goal throughout the duration of the match.
Clarion’s freshman goalkeeper, Krista Mosi, faced 23 total shots during the game, while stopping 13 of 14 shots on goal.
Although the loss was too tough to swallow for Mosi, her thoughts on the game were positive.
“In regard to what the team needs to improve on, Mosi stated, “I think that we just need to get better starts to our games all over the field and really set the tone and speed of play how we want it and score earlier and just score more in general.”
On Saturday, Sept. 5, the Golden Eagles fell to the Crimson Hawks of IUP 2-1 in the first overtime period.
Clarion took the lead at the 74:33 mark of the match when forward Brieann Cook was assisted by midfielder McKenzie Sheesley for the goal.
Just before the end of regulation, IUP responded when forward Lexie Palluconi assisted forward Kiersten Zerbe for the game-tying goal.
Clarion outshot IUP 15-14, but only eight of the Golden Eagles shots were on goal, while 10 of the Crimson Hawks were on goal.
Clarion goalkeeper Mosi had a solid performance facing 14 total shots, 10 of which were on goal.
Despite the heartbreaking defeat, midfielder McKenzie Sheesley thought the team did well in certain aspects of the game.
Sheesley said, “I think we did very well with possessing the ball and moving on and off the ball. I also think that we all communicated pretty well. Communication is key, and that has to be strong for all of us to be able to work well together.”