PITTSBURGH – The Asbury men's soccer team will share a spot at the top of the River States Conference table after a 3-1 win against Carlow University. Three quick goals in the first half put the Eagles firmly in the driver's seat despite a modest attempt at a rally from the Celtics.
Noah Welch continued his scoring trend with a goal early in the first half. He remains the Eagles highest scorer with six goals in nine games.
But Zack Andrews seems eager to take that distinction for himself, pouncing on a ball in the box that Carlow failed to clear multiple times after an Asbury corner kick. A good initial punch from the Carlow keeper fell into a scrum of feet in the box and was batted around before it came to Andrews. The senior put his foot through the ball and it ricocheted off a defender and into the back of the net.
Corner kicks provided another goal for the Eagles not long after. This time the leaping Ryan Metcalf met a ball that was driven high to the back post. He powered his header into the bottom corner to put the Eagles up 3-0 in the first half.
Carlow got on the board via a penalty kick late in the half, and came close to cutting the lead down more with a shot that struck the crossbar, but the Eagles showed no problem in taking control and seeing out the game to the final whistle.
After two games on the road, the Eagles will return to Wilmore to the fanfare of Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 8. They'll take on University of Cincinnati – Clermont at 7 p.m. and hope to add another win onto an impressive 6-2-1 record.