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Strong Effort Comes up Just Short for Men’s Soccer at Union

Strong Effort Comes up Just Short for Men’s Soccer at Union

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. –The Castleton men's soccer team came up short on the road at Union College in a 3-2 defeat in non-conference action on Sunday.

For the Spartans, Ben Stewart and Jack Kingdon scored the goals. Jacob Henderson stretched his career-opening point streak to three games with an assist on Stewart's goal in the first half. Also, Noah Swainbank picked up his first point of the season on Kingdon's goal late in regulation. Salvador Lopez Jr. scored twice to lead the Dutchmen.

With the win, Union improves to 4-0-0 and 2-0-0 in the Union-Rensselaer Classic, while the Spartans drop to 0-3-0 and 0-2-0 on the weekend. 

Andres Soto-Burgos took the loss playing in relief of starter Alex Fernald for Castleton in goal. Soto-Burgos made three saves and surrendered two goals – both on penalty kicks - in 57:11 action after taking over for Fernald, who allowed a goal and made one save in the opening 32:49 of play. For Union, Kenyon Pelletier won his first game of the season and made seven saves. The Dutchmen out-shot the Spartans, 14-11.

Castleton struck first just 5:01 into the match on Stewart's first-career goal. After just over 20 minutes of scoreless play, Lopez Jr. tied the game at one. Then, the Dutchmen went into the break with a one-goal lead when Lopez Jr. scored his second goal on a penalty kick at 39:18.

At 70:01, Yasin Dombayci was granted a penalty kick and subsequently converted it to put the hosts ahead by a 3-1 margin. The goal eventually served as the game-winner.

Kingdon scored with 2:03 remaining in regulation with an assist from Noah Swainbank, but time quickly ran out and cut short the comeback attempt. Jacob Godfrey registered a shot with just six seconds remaining on the clock, but it was blocked before it could reach the goal. 

Castleton returns to action on Wednesday for its home-opener versus SUNY Canton at Dave Wolk Stadium at 4 p.m.