The Clarion Soccer Team Fights Through Adversity

Over the past week, the Clarion women’s soccer team went 1-2-1, bringing its overall record to 1-4-1 for the season.

First up, the Clarion Golden Eagles rebounded to defeat Pitt-Johnstown with the final score of 2-0 on Wednesday. Clarion outshot the opponent 16-12, with eight shots on goal as opposed to Pitt-Johnstown’s seven. Marina Kelly chipped the first goal over the goalie’s head and into the net in minute 38. Senior Alissa Spencer scored the second, her first of the year. Kelly assisted on the beautifully-placed corner kick in the 55th minute of the second half.  Freshman Brigid Stermel and sophomore Krista Mosi put on a goalkeeping clinic to keep Pitt-Johnstown scoreless with seven saves. Kelly and Aailiyah Odom kept the Pitt-Johnstown keeper and defense busy by contributing four shots each, with three and one shots on goal respectively. The women stood tall on home turf to earn the first win.

Later in the week, Clarion tangled on California which resulted in an uneventful 0-0 draw after regular time, and two additional overtime halves. Over the course of the game, the Clarion women led the Vulcans in shots 16-14, with a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal.

The last game took place against the Ashland Eagles. Unfortunately, Clarion could not overcome the 4-0 deficit, leaving Ashland victorious. Two Ashland goals came early in the eighth and ninth minute. Ashland’s rounded out scoring at the 50- and 63-minute marks of the second half. The Golden Eagles had little to no response to the dominate performance set by Ashland, being outshot 25-2, with all two of Clarion’s shots being on net compared to Ashland’s 19. Junior midfielder Kelly generated both of Clarion’s shots.

Ashland showed the Clarion women why the Ohio team sits ranked 23rd nationally.

On Tuesday, the Golden Eagles dropped another game to conference opponent Mercyhurst with a score of 2-0. The Erie squad outshot Clarion 24-2. Mercyhurst’s goals came in the 12- and 54-minute marks of the game.

Clarion looks to gain momentum with a match Saturday against Millersville University at 1 p.m.

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