The Carlow University men’s soccer team earned its first-ever River States Conference win on Thursday, Oct. 13. The Celtics shut out Ohio Christian, 2-0, at Highmark Stadium, for the third win of their inaugural season.
All three of Carlow’s wins have been shut outs by goalkeeper Kosi Agbevor (JR/Brooklyn, NY), who made 11 saves against the Trailblazers (2-10, 0-3). Eight of those saves came in the second half as Carlow withstood an onslaught of 10 OCU shots to hold onto its 1-0 halftime lead.
Cameron Stablein (JR/Pittsburgh, PA) scored an unassisted goal in the 29th minute to give the Celtics their third straight halftime lead. Carlow also led 1-0 before falling in close contests against RSC foes Brescia and Midway the previous weekend.
Agbevor made two diving saves in the 62nd and 63rd minutes and Nai Mayen (JR/Syracuse, NY) scored the insurance goal six minutes later. Zach Wagner (FR/Pittsburgh, PA) sent a pass over the top of the defense from near midfield and Mayen tracked it down. OCU goalkeeper Roberto Varela rushed out for the save, but Mayen shot it past him.
Mayen now leads the team in points and goals, with seven points, three goals and one assist on the season. Stablein’s goal was his second of the season and Wagner’s assist was his first. Wagner also saved a potential OCU goal late in the second half on a shot off a rebound when Agbevor was drawn out of the goal to make the initial save.
Carlow (3-6-0/1-4/2-0) next travels to No. 2 Rio Grande on Saturday, Oct. 15.