Men's Soccer Cruises Past Johnson State, 6-0

Men's Soccer Cruises Past Johnson State, 6-0

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's soccer team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 6-0 victory over Johnson State Tuesday night in a North Atlantic Conference matchup at Spartan Stadium.

Six different Spartans scored in the victory. It was the second consecutive win by a final score of 6-0 for Castleton, which now has nine different goal scorers in the last two matches. With the win, Castleton improved to 8-6-2 overall and remained unbeaten in conference play with a 6-0-1 mark against NAC foes. Johnson State fell to 6-10 and 1-7 in the NAC after the loss.

Seraphin Iradukunda opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first half and the Spartans took off from there. Jacob Godfrey sent a long cross to the left side of the goal, where Iradukunda fired it into the top left corner of the net. After a period of strong saves by Johnson State keeper Ryan Willette, Derek Blouin headed home a free kick from Jack Kingdon to extend the Spartans' lead to 2-0 in the 22nd minute. Just over one minute later, Godfrey powered home a cross from Thomas Kirk as Castleton went up 3-0 at the 22:58 mark of the opening frame.

The Spartans were not done there as Jack Kingdon powered a free kick from roughly 35 yards out that skipped through traffic in front and tucked inside the right goal post. A late foul inside the box gave Kirk a penalty-kick opportunity, and he took advantage by slipping a low shot to the left side as Castleton held a 5-0 lead at the half.

Castleton continued to dominate possession in the second half and found the back of the net once more en route to the 6-0 triumph. Tatenda Shumba controlled the ball deep near the left corner before sending a cross in front, where Nick Kaiafas drilled it home for the one-touch goal to cap the scoring at the 60-minute mark of the match.

Aaron Parker shut the Badgers down with two saves in the first half to improve his record to 8-6-2 on the season. Alex Fernald preserved the team shutout with one save over the final 45 minutes. Willette and Marcus Holmes split halves in goal for Johnson State, with the former suffering the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. 

Castleton dominated the match offensively, outshooting Johnson State, 24-4, including 13-3 on goal. Corner kicks finished 3-2 in favor of Castleton, while the Spartans committed nine fouls to the Badgers' 11.

The Spartans will look to continue their strong play when they host Maine Maritime on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Castleton will wrap up its regular season with Senior Day on Sunday as it hosts Husson at the same time.