Joseph Lillard / Staff Writer
Clarion soccer faced opponents on Oct. 4 and 8, Edinboro University and Kutztown University, in that order.
Clarion tied Edinboro, 1-1 in double OT, and lost to Kutztown, 6-0.
In the first game, Clarion hosted the Fighting Scots for a highly competitive match-up.
Clarion’s McKenzie Sheesley scored her third goal of the season at the 14:58 mark in the match.
Sheesley’s unassisted goal placed the Eagles in an early lead, and Clarion maintained that lead late into the second half.
Edinboro knocked in the equalizer in the second half, time sample – 84:56.
The goal came courtesy of Morgan Hamker, and Ellie Frania and Ashley Mutkus assisted on the shot.
After the goal and two periods of overtime, no one else scored, finalizing the score at one goal apiece.
Edinboro certainly picked up its intensity after the first half, committing 14 of the team’s 18 fouls after halftime.
Off to Kutztown
Clarion ventured to Kutztown for the second game of the two.
This time, the Eagles found themselves up against the number one team in NCAA Division Two Women’s Soccer.
Kutztown scored early and often, netting two goals in the first half, and four in the second to make it a 6-0 shutout.
Despite the loss, Clarion’s record stands at 6-5-3 overall, and 5-4-3 in the conference.
This success is certainly refreshing to witness.
Senior Carlee Freeburg says, “Well for the seniors, all nine of us, it means a lot. In our previous years we haven’t had this kind of success, so it makes for a great ending season for us. For the whole team, it amps us up and takes us to a whole other level. It makes us play harder each game!”
While it was a tough loss against Kutztown, there’s optimism among the team.
Freeburg says, “It was definitely a tough game, but we all believe there is a lot of learning to do from it. Moving forward, we know what we need to work on, and we know what we must do to be better.”
Where from here
Maintaining that success throughout the rest of the season will require a few things.
Freeburg says, “Some keys would be working together as a unit, perfecting the small things, and keeping the intensity whether that be practice or games!”
Clarion dusts themselves off for the game against Millersville University on Oct. 21.