CASTLETON, Vt. – Jack Kingdon's free-kick goal in the 85th minute led the Castleton University men's soccer team past former North Atlantic Conference opponent the University of Maine-Farmington Beavers – 2-0 – on Sunday afternoon at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Castleton improves to 7-6-1 overall, while Maine-Farmington falls to 3-11-0.
Deadlocked through the opening 45 minutes, Castleton and Maine-Farmington had four and five shots, respectively, while both teams played mostly defensive ball. Out of the halftime break, Castleton started to become the more aggressive team, eventually tallying 17 shots in the period.
Despite the increased offensive attacks, the Spartans were unable to get one to go, sending several wide and others being saved by the Maine-Farmington keeper.
With time winding down quickly and both teams scoreless, the Spartans brought ball up toward the box. An attempted pass clipped the hand of a Beaver defender, awarding the Spartans a free kick from about 26-yards out. Electing to take the kick, Kingdon sent the ball in, curling it inside the near post and just out of reach of the diving keeper.
Staking the 1-0 lead seemed to break the seal for the Spartans as they tallied four shots in the following three-plus minutes with the last attempt going in for the goal. In rapid succession after a corner kick, Kingdon and Diatourou Drame sent the ball toward the goal. With the first shot being saved and the second blocked, Seraphin Iradukunda found himself in the right spot for the rebound, floating it into the twine.
Ryan McKay earned the win in goal for the Spartans to improve to 5-1-0 during the season. He played all 90 minutes and made two saves in the shutout victory. The Beavers' Matthew Wilson made 11 saves in the loss.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Castleton men's soccer program showed its support and raised awareness for Grassroot Soccer – an adolescent health organization based out of Norwich, Vermont. Selling t-shirts and collecting donations, the Spartan family will put any and all money raised toward the cause, including funds collected from GRS PickUp 3v3 Soccer Tournament on Oct. 7.
Men's soccer will return to the pitch at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as it hosts intrastate rival Middlebury under the lights of Dave Wolk Stadium.
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