Roman’s Late Goal Lifts Clarion U. Soccer to Victory; Volleyball Rolls Saturday


LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Sophomore Meliah Roman launched a ball to the far post as time was winding down beating the goalkeeper with just one second remaining to lift Clarion to a 2-1 victory at Lock Haven on Saturday.

(Photo Meliah Roman. Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

It was the Golden Eagles’ (1-1-0) first road PSAC win since a 3-0 decision over the Bald Eagles on Oct. 2, 2015, and their first win of the 2017 season.

Lock Haven had erased the Golden Eagles’ 1-0 lead late in the second half when Jordan Shoff collected a rebound off Krista Mosi and pushed the second opportunity back behind her for the equalizer. After a yellow card to Clarion’s Marina Kelly stopped the clock with just 12 seconds of regulation remaining, Roman split the deadlock with her first goal of the season. Erin Rodgers played the ball in deep, splitting the defense and slipping past them towards Roman. With time winding down, Roman buried the clincher behind keeper Bree Hilty, putting the shot to the far post to power Clarion to the regulation win.

Kelly was the first to strike in this one, breaking a scoreless tie that lasted until the 64th minute. She scored direct off a corner kick to make it 1-0, with Julianna Iocco getting the assist and her first collegiate point. On the other side of the field, Mosi played a strong game, turning away six Bald Eagle shots. Clarion totaled seven shots on net in the game, with Iocco, Dani McNally, Veronika Noyszewski and Rachel Giannangeli all tallying shots in addition to the two goal scorers.

The Golden Eagles return to action on Wednesday when they host Mercyhurst at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

INDIANA, Pa: On day three of the Crimson Hawk Invitational, the Clarion Golden Eagles were victorious over Ursuline, winning 3-0 in straight sets.

Clarion finishes the weekend at 3-1, with their only blemish coming from #6 ranked Palm Beach Atlantic in the opener on Thursday.

On Saturday, both teams were a little slow out of the gate, with a combined 20 attack errors between the teams in set one. However, Clarion persevered in a set that went back and forth, finally pulling away late to win set one, 25-20.

In the second set, Ursuline had the Golden Eagles at set point, leading 24-22, before Clarion sophomore Julia Holden (Brunswick, Ohio, Brunswick) drove home three straight kills to regain the lead at 25-24. An ensuing attack error by Ursuline gave Clarion the 26-24 win in set two.

Clarion jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in set three, and never relinquished the lead, winning 25-21 to take the match in straight sets.

Senior Taylor Braunagel (Milford, Pa., Delaware Valley) led with 15 kills, while Kaitlyn Glaser (Solon, Ohio, Solon)had a game-high 5 blocks. Setter Leah Vensel (Erie, Pa., McDowell) posted 34 assists while Catherine Ferragonio(Irwin, Pa., Norwin) recorded 24 digs, both game highs.

Clarion will return to action next weekend when they travel to Indianapolis, Indiana with competition slated against Davenport & Grand Valley State on Friday and Saginaw Valley State and Stonehill on Saturday.


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