Zappa nets first goal as Celtics fight to a draw in 2OT

Kristin Seamon -


The Carlow men’s soccer team tied Penn State Beaver, 1-1, in double overtime in its season opener Thursday, Sept. 7.

The first half of the highly physical USCAA matchup was nearly as close as possible, with each team getting two shots on goal. Early in the second half, the Celtics (0-0-1, 0-0, 0-0-1) controlled possession and earned many opportunities, but could not find the net.

Colt Zappa (SO/McKeesport, Pa.), a sophomore transfer from Temple University, broke through for Carlow’s first goal of the season and his first as a Celtic, in the 73rd minute. He fought through a ruckus in front of the goal and connected with a corner kick taken by Daniel Nicolaus (SR/Gainesville, Fla.), who took all seven of Carlow’s corner kicks in the match.

The Celtics went wild and Zappa ran to the sidelines for a hug with his older brother, Carlow assistant coach Carl Zappa.

However, Penn State Beaver forward Shelton Hilliard sneaked behind the defense to net the equalizer 3:50 later, with 12:17 remaining in regulation.

Two 10-minute overtime periods followed, in which Carlow earned two more shots on goal and Beaver one, but neither team would bow.

Greensburg-Salem product DJ Zedalis (FR/Greensburg, Pa.) made four saves in net for the Celtics in his first collegiate action.

Penn State Beaver goalkeeper Sam Sharpless finished with 10 saves.

The Celtics next host NCAA DIII opponent Defiance College at 1pm Saturday, Sept. 9., at Highmark Stadium. 

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