Austin Troutman / Sports Editor
Clarion’s Golden Eagle soccer team faced three tough competitors from Sept. 6-10, en route to a record of 1-1-1.
Two of the three contests were held against PSAC rivals, Mercyhurst and West Chester .
Each of the three games was close, as no more than two goals decided eachthe scores.
Game one was held Sept. 6 at home against Mercyhurst , which resulted in a 1-1 tie.Both goals came in the second half, and once the game reached overtime, just three shots occurred before the game resulted in a tie.
Clarion’s only goal came from Aaliyah Odom, one of the seven players in the competition who did not start in the game.
The second attempt for the Golden Eagles came Sept. 9 against West Chester.
Clarion struggled to get offense going, and the defense collapsed in the second half.
West Chester scored the only two goals in the last half to beat the Golden Eagles 2-0 to move to 2-1-1 on the season.
The two goals were just over two minutes apart. Kaitlyn McNamara and Brittany Reffit scored the goals for West Chester.
The final game came on Sept. 10 In Clarion against Ursuline College,
The only team defeated by the Golden Eagles.
Clarion started the scoring early with two goals, and at the end of the first half the lead was 2-1.
Defense was strong late in the game for both teams, as no goals were scored in the final half. Both of Clarion’s first half goals came from Aaliyah Odom, her second and third goals of the season.
The next two games for Clarion will be played against conference opponents.
The Golden Eagle soccer team will travel to face Slippery Rock University Sept. 13, and then back home to face Shippensburg University Sept. 16.
Clarion’s soccer team looks to get revenge against these conference rivals that derailed the Golden Eagles last year, as it went 0-2 while being outscored 5-3 against in the 2016 season.
So far, so good for the Golden Eagle soccer team this season, as it has already matched its win total from all last year with two.
The Golden Eagles through its first five games held opponents to just 1.2 goals per game, and averaged seven saves per game.
With her three goals in the last four games, Odom is Clarion’s team leader in goals so far in 2017.
After a rough 2-14-2 season in the fall of 2016 that ended in eight straight losses, Clarion looks to build an impressive year, especially against conference competition.