Celtics dominate Penn State New Kensington in season opener

Kristin Seamon -

The Carlow men’s soccer team dominated Penn State New Kensington, 5-1, in its season opener Saturday, Sept. 1, at Cupples Stadium.

Janvier Ramson (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.), who made the Lions’ defense work all afternoon, earned 10 shots and put five on goal to lead the Celtics (1-0/0-0/1-0) with two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist.

Goalkeeper Adam Myers (JR/McKeesport, Pa.) finished with four saves in his Carlow debut, including an impressive one-on-one stop in the first half to prevent the Lions from taking an early lead.

The Celtics controlled possession the majority of the first half, but neither team was able to find the net and the score remained knotted at 0 at the break.

Carlow forward Matt Cannon (SO/Monongahela, Pa.) started a scoring flurry in the 55th minute. He headed in a well-placed corner kick by Launthar Eh (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.), who earned his first of two assists on the day. It was the first career goal for Cannon, who competed on Carlow’s track and field team last year.

Ramson scored his first goal in the 63rd minute when he followed a shot by Pabeli Diafouka (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.) that bounced off the goalpost and sent it back into the net.

He struck again in the 71st minute, breaking away up the middle and receiving a beautiful through-ball from Eh to give Carlow a 3-0 lead.

Four minutes later, the Celtics found the exact same opening, this time with Diafouka receiving the pass ahead from Ramson to score the Celtics’ fourth goal.

Andrew Perenic scored, assisted by Derek McCloud, for New Kensington (0-1) in the 76th minute, but the Celtics had plenty of breathing room to coast to the end of the contest.

Dan Nicolaus (SR/Gainesville, Fla.) added the last Carlow goal on a penalty kick as a result of a handball in the box in the 80th minute.

The Celtics next host Pitt-Johnstown at 7pm Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Highmark Stadium.

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