Men's Soccer Travels to Lyndon for NAC Matchup

Men's Soccer Travels to Lyndon for NAC Matchup

CASTLETON, Vt. – After picking up its first North Atlantic Conference victory of the season Tuesday against Green Mountain, the Castleton men's soccer team (2-5-1, 1-0-1 NAC) will look to continue its strong play on Saturday at Lyndon State (3-1, 0-1 NAC) in another conference contest at 1 p.m.

The Spartans rolled past Green Mountain, 9-0, to earn their second victory of the season. Freshmen Seraphin Iradukunda, Jacob Godfrey, and Abinash Rai led the offensive outburst with two goals each in the match. Iradukunda leads the Spartans with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Jack Kingdon and Rai each have six points on the season, while Godfrey and Colby Gay each have four points on a pair of tallies. Kingdon leads the Spartans with three assists, all coming in conference play this season. Tatenda Shumba and Fidele Rutayisire have each notched three points on a goal and an assist in the first two NAC matches of the season.

Defensively, Castleton is averaging 1.92 goals against per game, led by senior Aaron Parker between the pipes. Parker has started every game in goal this season and holds a .692 save percentage with 36 saves 684 minutes. The senior earned the win against Green Mountain to improve to 2-5-1 overall on the season. Prior to the match against the Eagles, Parker matched his career high with nine saves in a double-overtime draw against New England College.

Lyndon enters the weekend 3-1 on the season after most recently defeating Wheelock, 2-0, Wednesday night. The Hornets are 0-1 in conference play with a 1-0 loss to UMaine-Farmington.

Lyndon has shown solid offensive production through its first four games, averaging 3.5 goals per game. Devin Cowan leads the offense with five points on two goals and an assist. Abukar Hassan and Joshua Thibault each have four points on a pair of goals, while Ryan Paulino, Eric Remick, and Bradley Shumway each have three points with a goal and an assist. 11 different players have found the back of the net this season for Lyndon.

The Hornets also sport a strong defensive unit, as they are averaging just .25 goals per game. Matt LaClair has made every start in goal and holds a .923 save percentage en route to his 3-1 record. In 345 minutes, LaClair has allowed just one goal on 13 shots faced. 

Castleton came away with a 3-0 victory over Lyndon the last time the two teams faced each other on Oct. 27, 2016. The Spartans have taken the last three matches from the Hornets by a combined score of 9-0.