Jake Deemer / Staff Writer
Clarion University Women’s Soccer team played two games on Sept. 22 and Sept. 24, against Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Mansfield University, winning 1-0 in regulation in both contests.
The Golden Eagles traveled to IUP to take on the conference rival Crimson Hawks in front of a small crowd of 87 people.
Defense played a huge role throughout the game as a first half goal came off the foot of McKenzie Sheesley, winning the game.
Sheesley’s first goal of her 2017 season put Clarion ahead early, and it never looked back as IUP struggled to score.
With that win, Clarion moved back to .500 at 4-4-1, dropping IUP to 4-4 (3-4 PSAC).
The Golden Eagles were outshot in the game in Indiana, but it did not seem to shake them, as they still pulled out the 1-0 victory.
Two days later, the Golden Eagles came back home, trying for back to back wins.
Once again, defense was most of the game, and Clarion fought to keep it close.
The only goal of the game came in at the 73-minute mark when Sheesley booted a loose ball, beating Mansfield goaltender Dana DiCamillo.
Freshman Dani McNally was credited with an assist on the goal.
Clarion dominated most of the game by hounding offensive Mansfield players.
McKenzie Sheesley’s game-winning goal will tie her for the most in Clarion Women’s Soccer history (4).
“[Sheesley]’s playing the best soccer of her life right now” said Clarion head coach Sean Esterhuizen. “She’s playing out of her mind.”
The Golden Eagles outshot Mansfield heavily 26 to 6.
Not a single shot from Mansfield was credited as a shot on goal, while Clarion had six.
If it was not for the strong Mansfield goaltending, fans could have witnessed a blowout.
Mansfield keeper Dana DiCamillo made five saves on six shots on goal.
Mansfield dropped to 0-6-1 on the season while Clarion improved to 5-4-1.
Clarion will host a game at home, taking on University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.
The next road contest will take place against Bloomsburg University on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m.
The Golden Eagles search to continue this hot defensive streak as it embarks on its long stretch of games against conference competition.
With just eight games remaining in the fall, all of them remaining as PSAC contests, Clarion looks to play well and move up the standings in 2017.