Strong First Half Powers Men's Soccer Past UMF

Strong First Half Powers Men's Soccer Past UMF

FARMINGTON, Maine – The Castleton men's soccer team capitalized on early opportunities with four first-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over UMaine-Farmington Sunday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference action at Leib Field.

With the win, Castleton improved to 6-5-2 on the season and 5-0-1 in conference play. UMaine-Farmington fell to 6-6 overall and 2-3 in the NAC after the loss.

After UMaine-Farmington scored in the third minute on a goal by Nick Marshall, Castleton took over to dominate the rest of the half, holding the Beavers to one shot on goal the rest of the way. Seraphin Iradukunda leveled the game at 1-1 in the 12th minute after battling traffic in front and drilling home a rebound. The freshman was back at it again in the 29th minute, giving Castleton its first lead of the match, 2-1, with his second goal of the half.

The Spartans continued to press in the opening stanza as Joel Atutor and Sean Springer each recorded their first goals of the season less than three minutes apart to stretch the Spartans' lead to 4-1 at the half.  

Castleton controlled possession for the majority of the second half, holding the Beavers to one shot on goal over the final 45 minutes. Alex Fernald replaced Aaron Parker in goal in the 78th minute and recorded one save to preserve the 4-1 victory for the Spartans.

Iradukunda and Jacob Godfrey each registered three shots on goal to lead Castleton offensively. Jack Kingdon and Fidele Rutayisire each fired two shots on goal. Parker earned the win in goal with one save to improve to 6-5-2 on the season. UMaine-Farmington goalkeeper Matt Wilson fell to 6-6 with five saves and four goals allowed.

Castleton outshot UMaine-Farmington, 19-7, including 13-3 on goal. Corner kicks were even at two apiece, while the Spartans committed five fouls to the Beavers' eight.

The Spartans return to action Wednesday when they travel to Middlebury to face the Panthers in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 4 p.m.