CANTON, N.Y. – Two first-half goals and a stingy defense led the Castleton University men's soccer team past the SUNY Canton Roos – 2-1 – on Tuesday evening at the SUNY Canton Turf Field.
Castleton improves to 5-4-1 overall with the win, while Canton falls to 5-5-2.
Starting off the contest as the hotter team, Canton tallied three shots – including one on goal – in the opening 10-plus minutes. Yet, it was Castleton that best took advantage of its opportunities, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.
Less than 10 minutes later, Castleton increased its lead to 2-0 as Kingdon found the back of the goal.
As they have done many times already in 2018, Kingdon and Seraphin Iradukunda combined for the goal. Leading the way up the far side of the field, Iradukunda thread a through-ball to an in-stride Kingdon, who put it away.
Starting and playing all 90 minutes in between the posts, Ryan McKay improved to 3-1-0 as he allowed just one goal and made three saves. The freshman's resolve was tested as the Roos made a strong comeback effort, notching a score with just over six minutes remaining. Immediately following the goal, the Roos brought the ball back into their offensive zone but were unable to notch another score.
Splitting the shots count, Castleton and Canton each tallied 10 apiece. The Roos led the corner kick count 2-1, while the home team committed 14 fouls to Castleton's five.
Men's soccer returns to action at 6 p.m. on Saturday as it returns home to face Little East opponent UMass-Dartmouth at Dave Wolk Stadium.
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