CASTLETON, Vt. – Jack Kingdon's game-winning goal in the 72nd minute of action led the Castleton University men's soccer team to the upset of the Keene State Owls – 2-1 – on Senior Night, Saturday evening at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Castleton improves to 8-7-1 and more importantly picks up three points in Little East action while moving to 3-3-1. Previously undefeated in league play, Keene State falls to 11-4-0 overall and 6-1-0.
A tale of two halves, the Owls dominated the first half before the Spartans came back in the second to net the equalizer and the eventual game-winner.
Chippy, physical play throughout, which yielded eight cards and made it difficult to put together a run, Castleton made the most of its opportunities. In the 50th minute, Jacob Godfrey sent a feed in from the near side 40-yard line. Lining it with precision, Godfrey landed the ball directly in front of Seraphin Iradukunda. The latter ran with it for a step on the far side before stabbing at it and forcing it over the goalie's head.
Twenty-one minutes, three cards and a man advantage later, the Spartans claimed the lead and held on refusing to relinquish it. Tom Kirk sent a long centering pass to Kingdon at the 18-yard line. As the goalie came out and made a diving attempt at a stop, Kingdon made a last-ditch effort and got enough foot on the ball to lob it over the keeper and also tuck it under the crossbar.
Ryan McKay earned the win in goal for the Spartans as he made eight saves, tying a career high that he set earlier in the season in a win at Plymouth State. The freshman netminder kept cool under pressure, moving to 6-2-0 during the season.
Holding a one-shot advantage in shots, Keene State led the Spartans 15-14 overall. The Owls jumped out to a 12-4 cushion at the break, before Castleton stormed back with a lopsided 10-3 lead in the second.
Men's soccer returns to action at 6 p.m. on Wednesday as it travels to Utica, New York to face SUNY Poly in nonconference action.
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