Clarion soccer falls in consecutive games to Seton Hill, East Stroudsburg

Clarion dropped two games this past week.

They lost at Seton Hill on Wednesday by a score of 4-3, and then they lost at home to East Stroudsburg 2-0 on Saturday.

Seton Hill got going early and often Wednesday, scoring the first two goals of the game.

One came off a corner kick at 1:50, and then the other came at 27:16.

The Eagles quickly responded when Marina Kelly’s shot found the back of the net at 29:15 from 35 yards out.

That goal finished off the scoring in the first half to make it 2-1 SHU.

Seton Hill, however, came back to the pitch to score two quick goals, one at 46:29 and then another at 49:54.

Maddie Meyers retaliated for the Eagles off a free kick at 54:14 to make it 4-2.

The Griffins scored on their own goal to give us the final score of 4-3 in favor of Seton Hill.

The first half of the East Stroudsburg match was left at 0-0.

The stalemate was broken at 45:58 by the Warriors.

They polished off the game with another goal at 73:42 to make it a final of 2-0.

Despite this past week, Clarion’s soccer team hasn’t lost faith in itself.

Head coach Sean Esterhuizen says, “The two close losses have an impact, of course.  But the key is to realize that despite the setbacks, we still have the talent to be able to put together a strong performance, and the key to success is our belief in each other and persistence.  We will focus on the key factors that we need to have in order to prevail [Tuesday] and on the [upcoming] weekend:  tight, tenacious defense, and a quick-passing midfield game.”

In fact, he has faith that Clarion could cash in a winning record at the end of this season.soccer-online

Esterhuizen says, “I honestly believe the team has the talent and drive to put together a strong run through the second half of the season and give us positive results.  The key is shutting down opponents and finding ways to put the ball in their net.  Every practice, the team puts in focused work and is driven to be the best they can be, so we are headed for an exciting second half of the season!”

Tuesday the Eagles take on Ashland at Memorial Stadium, and then they hit the road Friday and Saturday to take on Lock Haven and Mansfield, respectively.

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