The Slippery Rock University women’s soccer team made a strong statement in its conference opener against Clarion with a 3-0 victory. Slippery Rock (2-1-0, 1-0-0) was able to earn its first shutout of the season against Clarion (1-1-0, 0-1-0), after recording ten shutout wins a season ago.
The scoring was opened by Sofia Harrison in the 5th minute, as she scored off an assist from from Kaitlyn Barrackman. The Rock would find the net again four minutes later, when Rachel Edge scored, receiving an assist from Harrison. The score held at 2-0 until the 65th minute, when Jordyn Minda scored with Shannon McIntyre tallying the assist. Edge and Minda both recorded their second goal of the season.
The Rock dominated on offense, as they had 23 shots with 14 on goal and also took five corners. Clarion was only able to get off four shots and only got one on goal, and also only had one corner. Edge led the Rock in shots and shots on goal, with five shots and three shots on goal. Minda and Harrison both had two shots and two shots on goal. Madison Spitko led the Golden Eagles with two shots and had their only shot on goal.
Rock goalkeeper Emma Yoder recorded her first shutout of the season and her third shutout win of her career. Yoder made one save in the game on the only shot on goal by the Golden Eagles. Clarion goalkeeper Brigid Stermel made 11 saves on the 14 shots on goal she faced.
Dating back to 2003, Slippery Rock has a 21-0-2 record against Clarion. In that span, The Rock has recorded 63 goals, while Clarion has only scored 14. Out of the 21 wins, 12 of them have been shutouts, including the last three matchups. Slippery Rock hasn’t allowed Clarion a goal in Slippery Rock since 2008 and only allowed three goals in Slippery Rock since 2003. And the last time Clarion was able to tie the Rock was back in 2013, but since then the Rock has outscored them 13-2.
The Rock will finish out their three-game road trip against Pitt-Johnstown on Saturday, and will look to go undefeated on this away stretch. Slippery Rock will then return home to play one game before before going back on the road to play Mercyhurst University.