Clarion women’s soccer pulled out two straight victories this past week against Shippensburg and Malone University.
On Sunday, Clarion defeated Shippensburg by a score of 3-1 at Memorial Stadium.
Freshman Veronika Noyszewski notched her first career goal in the Golden Eagle victory.
The first half of the game was scoreless on the cold Sunday afternoon.
However, sophomore Aaliyah Odom put Clarion up 1-0 with a lob shot at the 61:16 mark in the second half.
That was Odom’s third goal of the season.
Late in the second half, Noyszewski scored her first goal of the year from 10 yards out to extend the Golden Eagle lead to 2-0.
Shippensburg answered quickly though, courtesy of a Kiersten Priest goal that beat goalkeeper Krista Mosi.
Mosi had 12 saves on 20 shots Sunday, allowing only the goal to Priest.
Junior McKenzie Sheesley made it 3-1 in the 89th minute after she scored a goal off her own rebound.
That goal was Sheesley’s third of the year also.
When asked about what part of the game plan led to Clarion’s success, Odom said, “We just needed to be focused and patient and connect with one another. That’s what pulled us out a win.”
The win improved Clarion’s record to 5-10-1 on the year.
Clarion started off the scoring when junior Alissa Spencer scored off a free kick from sophomore Erin Rodgers.
Spencer wasn’t done there, however.
Just after the start of the second half, Spencer found the net for her second goal of the day off Anna Chamberlin’s corner kick.
Chamberlin got into the scoring at the 53:20 mark to extend the Golden Eagle lead to 3-0.
Malone wasn’t going to go away quietly though.
Christine Naijar scored two goals in the last 20 minutes of the game to keep the score close.
Mosi and Richele Botzer both played in net to combine for 12 saves and keep the Clarion victory.
Looking toward its last few games, Odom said, “We want to win the last few games to beat the schools’ record of most wins in a season.”
Clarion returns to action Saturday Oct. 24 when they host West Chester at Memorial Stadium.