From Point Park University report / Kevin Taylor
In a matchup of the top two teams in River States Conference women’s soccer, Carlow University beat Point Park University, 4-1, on Thursday night at Highmark Stadium.
The Celtics (6-4-1, 5-0-1 RSC) took the momentum of a late first-half goal to tie things up and put together three goals in the second half for the victory over the Pioneers (8-5, 5-1 RSC).
Both teams were unbeaten in RSC play entering the game. The victory inches the Celtics ahead of the Pioneers for first place in the conference with each having three RSC games remaining. Point Park had its school-record, eight-game win streak snapped.
Point Park had early control as a result of Britney Adrian‘s goal nine minutes after kickoff. The freshman forward put a shot on goal and then continued her pursuit toward Carlow goalkeeper Paige Schindehette. After a battle for the ball near the goal line, Adrian punched it in for the 1-0 lead.
Carlow evened things up just before the half with Alexa Schwab’s first of two goals on the night. With 49 seconds left, she knocked in a rebound to make it 1-1.
The score remained that way in a very tight battle until Carlow got a very important goal with 21:01 left. A corner kick by Carlow resulted in a nice opportunity from in close. Although Point Park was able to stop that initial attempt, the ball ended up with Lexi Houk right on the 6-yard line. She batted it in for the eventual game-winner.
With Point Park in search of the equalizer, Carlow knocked in two more goals. First by Schwab on a long shot from straight away at 74:15 and then by Kristina Wallace on a penalty kick one minute later after the Pioneers were whistled for a foul in the box.
Point Park held a 12-11 advantage in shots, and Carlow held an advantage of 7-4 in corner kicks, including a goal. The Celtics got 10 shots on goal with Point Park getting seven. Point Park’s Ashtyn Webb and Carlow’s Schindehette each made six saves.
The Pioneers play another home game Saturday night verus non-conference Malone (Ohio). Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Highmark Stadium. Follow the Pioneers online at PointParkSports.com and on social media @PointParkSports.
POINT PARK MEN PULL AWAY IN OPENER
Prior to the women’s match on Thursday, Point Park University men’s soccer stacked up seven goals from seven different players in a 7-1 victory over Carlow University at Highmark Stadium. The River States Conference win improved the Pioneers to 7-4-1 overall, 3-2-1 RSC.
The Pioneers were holding a 2-0 lead until Christopher Ciucanu scored with one second left in the first half to take a 3-0 advantage into the locker room. Point Park built on that with four more goals the second half, and the Pioneers led 7-0 before a goal by Carlow (3-9, 0-6 RSC) in the 89th minute.
Both teams had their chances with Point Park getting 24 shots (14 on goal) and Carlow mounting 19 shots (12 on goal). But it was the who Pioneers converted for the goals, which began with Mitchell Roell‘s tally 9:02 after kickoff. Yuki Takeda set up the goal with a nice cross to the left post.
Less than three minutes later, Kay In’t Ven‘s strike gave the Pioneers the 2-0 lead at 11:42. The last play of the half had the Pioneers work the ball up field in the closing seconds, and Ciucanu punched in a rebound with just enough time left.
Jonathan Roos scored a goal in the 49th minute after a nice cross by Ndayisenga Emmanuel. Emmanuel had three points on the night, which included his goal in the 55th minute. Marc Bentley added a marker in the 56th minute, and Lorenzo Diaz put in a penalty kick for a 7-0 lead at 87:20.
The shutout ended when Carlow’s Janvier Ransom put in the Celtics’ only tally at 88:39. Point Park split the goalkeeper duties with Juan Somoza starting and making five saves. Ryan Daniels played the second half and made six saves.
Point Park’s next games are at home Oct. 18 versus Midway (Ky.) and Oct. 20 versus Asbury (Ky.).