The Carlow men’s soccer team dropped a non-conference matchup with Defiance College (Ohio), 4-0, on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Highmark Stadium.
The game swung on a 4:39 stretch when the Yellow Jackets broke a scoreless tie to net three straight goals.
Maxwell Alvarado scored the first two goals, unassisted. In the 14th minute, Milus Sutton broke away from the Carlow back line for a shot on goal that was saved by Celtics goalkeeper DJ Zedalis (FR/Greensburg, Pa.). However, the rebound found Alvaro’s foot, who put it in the back of the net before Zedalis could recover from his dive.
In the 16th minute, Alvarado beat a Carlow defender one-on-one for his second goal.
Liam Hall made a shifty individual move directly in front of the goal and brought the Defiance lead to 3-0 in the 18th minute.
The Carlow defense collected itself and held the Yellow Jackets in check until the 58th minute, when Jarren Casto rocketed a line drive shot into the top left corner of the goal. Carlow goalkeeper Eddie Scott (FR/North Huntingdon, Pa.), who came on in the second half for his first collegiate action, made a diving effort and got his finger tips it, but the shot was too strong.
The Celtics had one corner kick and did not get a shot on goal in the first half, but played a much stronger offensive second half. They earned six more corner kicks and put four shots on goal, but they were unable to finish.
Daniel Nicolaus (SR/Gainesburg, Fla.) took all of Carlow’s corners and put one shot on goal. The others were earned by Nai Mayen (SR/Syracuse, N.Y.), Cameron Stablein (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Colt Zappa (SO/McKeesport, Pa.).
The Carlow goalkeepers combined to face 18 shots on goal. Zedalis finished with nine saves in the first half and Scott made five saves in the second half.
The Celtics (0-1-1/0-0/0-0-1) next play Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Salem International University (W.Va.). They return home on Friday, Sept. 15, against University of Pikeville (Ky.).