MARCY, N.Y. – Seraphin Iradukunda's two goals led the Castleton University men's soccer team past the SUNY Poly Wildcats in nonconference action at Wildcat Field on Wednesday evening.
Earning a win in its penultimate regular-season contest, Castleton improves to 9-7-1, while Poly falls to 6-8-3.
A relatively quiet start to the contest through the first 15-plus minutes gave way to a brief stretch of chaos that yielded a Spartan goal. Tallying four shots in a span of just two minutes, Castleton's Jack Kingdon sent a cross from the right in front of a charging Iradukunda who found the twine.
With the 2-0 lead in the 78th minute, Iradukunda notched his second goal of the game and his team-leading 11th score. Getting a feed from the right side of the field toward the middle, Iradukunda set up his shot, beat the defender and the goalie for the score.
Earlier in the contest, Kingdon added a goal to his line to – at the time – tie Iradunkunda in goals race. Picking up his 10th score, Kingdon used the advantage of a 3-on-2 situation to shoot into the bottom left of the netting from the right side.
Despite having the lead in scores, Castleton actually took two fewer shots that SUNY Poly (16-14). The Spartans, however, led with eight corner kicks to the Wildcats six.
Alex Fernald earned the win and the shutout while facing just one shot, which he saved.
Men's soccer returns to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday as it faces Southern Maine in its final regular season game. Castleton is guaranteed a playoff berth, but can see its place in the standings shift depending on Saturday's contest.
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