BENNINGTON, Vt. – Four first-half goals, including two by Seraphin Iradukunda, led the Castleton University men's soccer team past the host Southern Vermont College Mountaineers – 5-1 – on Wednesday afternoon at Everett Field.
With the win, Castleton improves to 3-2-0, while Southern Vermont falls to 1-5-0.
The Spartans opened the scoring in the 20th minute before they added three more goals over the next 13:27 of game time. Noah Swainbank scored the first goal of his career as the defender was in the perfect position to corral the rebound off of the initial attempt. Tallying the first shot, which was saved by the Mountaineer goalie, Rida Kori tried the slip the ball past the keeper. As the deflected ball trickled to the midpoint of the box, Swainbank sent it in.
Moments later, Jack Kingdon capitalized on a failed clear, notching his second goal of the year to make it 2-0. He added another goal to conclude Castleton's scoring later, sending a penalty shot into the upper right corner.
Notching his fifth and sixth goals of the season, in rapid succession, Iradukunda netted the ball in the 29th and 33rd minutes. Making it 3-0, the sophomore forward used his footwork to bring the ball from near mid-field to score. Similarly, the second score was another long shot, which curled around the goalie.
Ryan McKay earned the win in the goal to improve to 2-2. The freshman allowed just one goal in 90 minutes.
Castleton dominated from the opening whistle, notching 28 shots as opposed to three from the home team. It notched seven corner kicks against four for the Mountaineers, while the latter committed 17 fouls to the Spartans 11.
Men's soccer returns to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday as they host their first Little East Conference contest against Western Connecticut State.
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