Men's Soccer to Host Johnson State Tuesday

Men's Soccer to Host Johnson State Tuesday

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's soccer team (7-6-2, 5-0-1 NAC) is set to open a stretch of three consecutive conference contests at home when Johnson State (6-9, 1-6 NAC) comes to town Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. matchup at Spartan Stadium.

Castleton put a stamp on its final non-conference match of the season in a 6-0 victory over SUNY Canton last Saturday. Five different players registered a goal, with freshman Joel Atutor leading the way with two tallies in the win. Seraphin Iradukunda netted his team-leading ninth goal of the season, and Thomas Kirk contributed two assists to a powerful offensive performance after being shutout by Middlebury earlier in the week. Aaron Parker made three saves in goal to earn his third shutout of the season.

Iradukunda leads Castleton with 22 points to date and is tied for fourth in the conference with nine goals, just two behind the NAC leader. Fidele Rutayisire has reached double digits in points for the second consecutive year with four goals and two assists. Jack Kingdon has two goals to go with a team-leading five assists for a total of nine points. In six conference matches this season, Colby Gay and Jacob Godfrey have each tallied six points on two goals and two assists. The Spartans' offense is averaging 2.20 goals per game, good for fourth in the conference.

Parker is 7-6-2 on the year with 68 saves and three shutouts in 15 starts. He has posted a 1.43 goals-against average to go with a .764 save percentage in 1322 minutes of action. In six conference starts, Parker has allowed four total goals for a 0.71 goals-against average and .867 save percentage en route to a 5-0-1 mark against NAC opponents.

Johnson State has faced tough sledding over the past two weeks, going 0-5 and being outscored 17-4 over that span. The Badgers most recently dropped conference matches to Colby-Sawyer and UMaine-Farmington last weekend.

Despite the recent struggle, Dominic Caforia has been a bright spot in the Badgers' offensive attack as he leads the conference in goals (11), assists (10), and points (32). Caforia was held without a point, however, in the last two games. Rob Buonanno is second on the team with six goals and three assists for 15 total points. Joseph Holloway also has six goals to go with one assist for 13 points, while Alexander Vetere has 10 points on four goals and two assists.

Defensively, Gerrit Lane has made all but three starts in goal and sports a 2.51 goals-against average with a 4-7 record. Lane is second in the NAC with 74 saves and has a .733 save percentage with one shutout in over 960 minutes of action.

The two teams last met Oct. 16, 2016, with Castleton coming out on top, 7-1. Kingdon had a career-high seven points on three goals and an assist.