Alex Henry – Staff Writer
This past weekend, the Clarion University soccer team took on West Chester University.
West Chester is in the midst of a great season, having an 11-1 record in PSAC and ranked third in Division II soccer entering play against Clarion.
The Golden Eagles held tough and put forth a solid defensive showing, as sophomore goalie Krista Mosi gave up one goal in the 34th minute.
West Chester senior midfielder Erica Hansen scored the lone goal, with freshman midfielder Jenny Bail contributing for the lone assist.
Clarion was outshot by West Chester 20-0.
Mosi made five saves in the contest.
Clarion was shutout in all offensive aspects of the game, while West Chester controlled the ball and Wester Chester had six corner kicks in the game.
Mosi said on the matchup, “I thought we played strong against West Chester, we played a very defensive game and it worked well for us. The goal came off a good deflection and finish for them, but not really a break down on our part, so overall we really held a high scoring team off well.”
The defensive play of Clarion senior defender Alissa Spencer, along with junior Carlee Freeberg, helped Clarion remain in the game despite being unable to be productive on the offensive side.
With the loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 2-12-1 in the PSAC on the season, Mosi talked about the team’s growth over the course of this year.
“I think everybody’s individual game grows as the season goes on, and you work better together and feel more comfortable the more and more you play together.”
The team will be back in action this weekend to close out its 2016 season in a home game at Memorial Stadium, which will also be Senior Day, as they take on Bloomsburg.
“This game’s going to be a battle for sure, Bloomsburg is a physical team and we will be physical back. It was a close and tough game last year and I expect the same this year.”
Action will kick off at 7 p.m. this Saturday as the Golden Eagles look to close out the season on a high note.