PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three first-half goals in a span of just over 10 minutes powered the Castleton University men's soccer team past the Plymouth State Panthers – 5-3 – on Wednesday afternoon at Arold Field.
Castleton improves to 6-5-1 overall and picks up two all-important conference points, moving to 2-2-1. Plymouth State falls to 3-6-2 and 1-4-1.
The Spartans offense clicked from the opening whistle and the squad did not look back as it sprinted to a major Little East victory. Jack Kingdon led the team with two goals and an assist, the latter, which came on the first score of the game.
Kingdon found defender Noah Swainbank open on the near side of the goal via the free kick. Sending it in, the Swainbank found the ball and headed it past the keeper to give Castleton a 1-0 advantage.
In the 14th minute, Castleton struck again as Kingdon sent in another free kick, which ricocheted off the crossbar. Finding the bouncing ball in front, Diatourou Drame used great finesse and touch to put the rebound back for his first collegiate goal.
Moments later, Kingdon scored his first goal of the game as he bent a shot along the goal line just inside the far post. He added a second, insurance score in the 84th minute to wrap up the Spartan scoring.
Ryan McKay earned the win in goal for the Spartans, recording eight saves in 90 minutes of play to improve to 4-1-0. The freshman had a key moment midway through the first half as he made a crucial save on a penalty shot and another on the follow-up rebound attempt.
Despite the scoreline, the play was balanced throughout as the Plymouth State merely nudged out Castleton in shot attempts, 18-17.
Men's soccer returns to action on the road at 1 p.m. on Saturday as it travels to face LEC opponent Eastern Connecticut State.
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