Soccer kicks Millersville to the curb, pick up their second win

After a rough week of games, Clarion Soccer stands victorious after defeating Millersville in its only game this week.

The contest didn’t allow either team to make many mistakes.

Clarion booted its way to win with an early goal in the first half, as Marina Kelly blasted in her third goal of the season.

Aaliyah Odom and Stephanie Lias assisted on the only score of the game.

The defense stifled the shooters as both teams managed 12 shots, Millersville with seven on goal to Clarion’s five.

Clarion’s victory looked all the sweeter as its first shut out of the year.

This win came on the heels of a week filled with games.

Alissa Spencer remarked, “Last week was such a tough week for us with all of those games. They were all games played in the heat and it took a lot out of the team physically and mentally. So this week, having the extra time to practice instead of playing and rest time has allowed us to refocus and let our bodies get fresh again.”

Not only was this Clarion’s second win of the season, but the team maintained its undefeated record at home.

That win makes the team feel refreshed, as Alissa Spencer said, “It feels great to have another win! Being in such a hard conference, every game is a fight, so it feels great to work hard and  get the results we want, especially in those close games.”

The team’s undefeated record was no accident.

Spencer continued, “To me, playing at home is such a great, comfortable feeling. We know the field and we are comfortable moving the ball on that surface. Along with the support in the stands, it helps us play with confidence.”

This win only made the team’s bond stronger.

Spencer says, “Well unlike the last few years where we have had more freshman than upperclassmen, this year we have a large group of older girls. We have so much more leadership and experience on this team now, and we all work together really well. It’s really nice to see how the freshman can contribute and mix in with the upperclassmen as well, it’s been great so far.”

Spencer finished with, “Going forward, our team will be focusing on keeping our shape together and keeping our composure. We are a great, creative and very competitive team. We have a lot of tough matches coming ahead against very good teams, so we need to play smart, simple soccer the way we practice and play the way we play best. If we can stay composed, we can win a lot of games and be the best women’s soccer team Clarion University has ever had.”

Clarion continues its journey through the season when they take on Seton Hill at home on Sept. 20.

 

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