PITTSBURGH – The first men’s soccer game in the history of Carlow University will take place Friday, Sept. 9 at 4pm. The Celtics will take on Bethel (Ind.) College, in the inaugural Point Park Men’s Soccer Tournament, at Highmark Stadium.
The Celtics and crosstown rival Point Park represent the River States Conference and welcome Crossroads League opponents No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan and Bethel. Carlow will take on Indiana Wesleyan at 3pm on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Carlow is coached by Marcus Pollidore, who also enters his ninth season as the head coach of the Carlow women’s team. Carlow has seven freshmen and eight transfers on the 18-man roster as it makes history this weekend. The Celtics are captained by junior defender Daniel Nicolaus, a Gainesville, Florida native who transferred from WCCC. Click here for the members of the inaugural Carlow men's soccer team.
The Pioneers, of Point Park, are 1-0-1 through two games with both contests thus far going into OT. Point Park beat W&J, 2-1 (OT), in its home opener Sept. 1 then went to Marygrove Sept. 3 for a 1-1 (2OT) tie. Alan Ramos is the top returning scorer for PPU, and he has two goals on the year. The Pioneers return 5 of 11 starters from the 2015 team that was 10-7-2 and reached the conference semifinals.
The Wildcats, of Indiana Wesleyan, are ranked No. 9 in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll coming off an NAIA national quarterfinal appearance last year with a record of 16-6-1. IWU lost to eventual champion Rio Grande in the final eight. The Wildcats lost several players from that squad to graduation, but also welcomed a 13-player recruiting class, including seven transfers. IWU is off to a 2-2 start this year, including a 3-1 loss to No. 1 Rio Grande. Jacob Singer has three goals to lead the team. IWU has seven goals for and eight goals against in four games.
The Pilots, of Bethel, are a relatively young team with 16 freshmen among their 34-player roster. Head coach Thiago Pinto is a BC alum, and his recruiting class has bolstered the roster. Bethel already has six games under its belt and is off to a 3-3 record. Two of the losses have come in overtime. All three wins have come by shutout. Bethel is coming off a 2015 season with a 13-7-3 record that saw it reach the national championship game of the NCCAA national tournament. In the Crossroads League Tournament, the Pilots lost to MVNU on PKs in the quarterfinal round.