Men's Soccer Comes Up Short at Middlebury, 1-0

Men's Soccer Comes Up Short at Middlebury, 1-0

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Castleton men's soccer team was unable to get its offense going Wednesday afternoon, as Middlebury took an early lead and that was all it needed to defeat the Spartans, 1-0, in non-conference action at South Street Field.

Middlebury (8-4) controlled offensive possession throughout the first half but the Spartans' defense held the Panthers to three shots on goal out of 10 total shots taken. One of those shots on goal, however, found the back of the net as Drew Goulart snuck a rebound past Aaron Parker in goal to give the Panthers an advantage in the 25th minute. Parker was solid in goal, making one full-extension, diving save late in the half to keep the score 1-0.

Castleton (6-6-2) pressed for the equalizer late in the half with Seraphin Iradukunda weaving through traffic, but his quick turnaround shot was blocked by a strong defensive line that kept the Spartans off-balance all afternoon. Sean Springer came away with a late opportunity after receiving a through ball to the left side of the goal, but his shot to the right side sailed just wide as the Panthers held a 1-0 lead at the half.

After not being able to get a shot on goal in the first half, the Spartans fought back in the second half to outshoot Middlebury, 3-2, on goal. Jack Kingdon issued the first opportunity with a hard drive that Panthers' keeper Jeremy Yeager gathered. Joel Atutor earned a late opportunity off a corner from Kingdon, but his header sailed straight into the chest of Yeager in the 88th minute. That proved to be the final chance for either side as Middlebury held the Spartans off, 1-0.

Middlebury held an advantage in shots, 19-8, including 5-3 on goal. Parker fell to 6-6-2 with four saves in the loss. Yeager earned his sixth shutout of the year with three saves to improve to 8-4.

The Spartans are back in action Saturday as they host SUNY Canton in a non-conference contest at Spartan Stadium at 2:30 p.m.