Goalkeeper Lexie Mirenda (SR/Altoona, Pa.) and the Carlow defense pitched a shutout and the Celtics women’s soccer team celebrated Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 28 by putting away Point Park, 2-0.
Rachel Flory (SO/Huntington Beach, Calif.) netted the game-winner on a free kick in the 27th minute, and Paige Schindehette (FR/Bethel Park, Pa.) added an insurance goal with 5:37 remaining. Mirenda made five saves in the match for her fifth shutout of the season.
Point Park (8-8-1) began the day in third place in the River States Conference, with a 5-2-1 conference record. The Celtics (8-6-2) were in sixth place, with a 2-4-2 RSC mark. The top six teams in the conference advance to the playoffs.
Before the match, Carlow honored four seniors — Mirenda, Cayla Imbarlina (SR/North Huntingdon, Pa.), Alexa Mermigas (SR/Wexford, Pa.) and Stacey Sikora (SR/Vandergrift, Pa.) — for their contributions to the program.
The Pioneers took the first two shots of the contest, then the Celtics took control for the remainder of the half. Carlow took four shots on goal before the break, including Flory's score.
The Pioneers went on the attack in the second half, putting three more shots on goal, but the Carlow back line of Flory, Sikora, Karina Wallace (JR/Jeannette, Pa.) and Franki Berarducci (JR/West Newton, Pa.) and defensive midfielder Kelsie Balsam (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) stood strong.
In the 94th minute, Mermigas played the ball ahead to Schindehette, who beat a defender and made a breakaway for a one-on-one with Point Park goalkeeper Ashtyn Webb, who made four saves in the match.
The Celtics await the day’s results from the rest of the conference to determine a potential postseason berth.