EDINBORO, PA – The Edinboro University women’s soccer team used two first-half goals and a 25-4 advantage in shots Thursday evening to fuel a 2-1 season-opening PSAC win against Clarion. The Fighting Scots open 2016 with a 1-0-0 overall and PSAC mark, while the Golden Eagles stand at 0-1-0 in both categories.The win extends Edinboro’s 16-year undefeated streak versus Clarion, where they hold an 18-0-3 all-time series lead. The Fighting Scots also held a 12-1 advantage in shots on goal and a 5-0 lead on corner kicks.

Edinboro shut Clarion out of shot opportunities in the first half while taking 14 shots of their own. Senior forward Alex Brown put the Fighting Scots on the board with a goal from 15 yards out in the 19th minute for a 1-0 lead. The Boro added to their lead off a penalty kick by junior midfielder Coleen Brodman in the 36th minute to take a two-goal advantage into halftime.

The Fighting Scots allowed Clarion it’s first and what would be its only shot on goal early in the second half. Unfortunately, it resulted in a goal as Taylor Starr headed in a long cross feed from Marina Kelly in the 54th minute to cut Edinboro’s lead in half at 2-1. The Scots kept the heat on the closing session, tacking on eleven more shots. But it would be goalie Krista Mosi’s ten-save performance on the night for Clarion that kept Edinboro from adding to its lead.

Edinboro nearly found some relief in the 69th minute when senior defender Jess Sandhas’ free kick from 20 yards out bounced off the crossbar. Another close call nearly tied the match up in the 82nd minute. Aaliyah Odom found a crease in the Edinboro defense on the left side, but her shot bounced off the left post and out of play.

Shots were exchanged heading into the final minute. Brown fired a shot with just over a minute to play that found the arms of Mosi. A last-chance running shot by Clarion’s Meliah Roman fell wide left of the mark with 39 seconds to play, accounting for the last shot of the match.

Brown led the contest with six shots, while Brodman and freshman midfielder Danielle Chatten finished tied for second with four shots. Brown and Brodman tied for the match lead in shots on goal with three each.

Junior goalkeeper Sarah Baskey earned the win in net for the Boro, continuing her winning ways after breaking the school season record for wins with 13 in 2015.

Edinboro now quickly turn its attention to a Saturday home, non-conference match versus Davis & Elkins. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. at Sox Harrison Stadium.