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Men’s Soccer Honors Seniors; Stays in Playoff Contention with Win

Men’s Soccer Honors Seniors; Stays in Playoff Contention with Win

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's soccer team defeated Plymouth State 3-1 on Saturday on Senior Day. With the win, the Spartans remained in contention for the final Little East Conference (LEC) playoff spot.

With a Western Connecticut win over UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, the final playoff spot will be decided when Castleton travels to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, November 2.

Senior Jack Kingdon scored two second-half goals within a 4:20 span to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead. Jacob Godfrey put Castleton ahead just shy of three minutes into the match on a header after Zak Gillette played a long insert into the box. 

Kingdon made it 2-0 at the 6:41 mark of the second half. Senior Colby Gay took advantage of a Panther turnover and fed it to Kingdon, who took a touch around the goalkeeper and tapped it into the open goal. 

Then, Kingdon scored his 16th goal of the season at the 56:01 mark after a give-and-go with Ben Stewart that created an open run at the goal. With the tally, Kingdon boosted his career total to 99 points to pass Steve Rampone (1968-71) for seventh on the Castleton all-time list. He also moved into a tie for seventh on the single-season leaderboard with his 16th tally of the campaign.

Filip Johansson scored his second goal of the year to put Plymouth State (1-10-3, 0-5-2 LEC) on the board with 18 minutes remaining in the game. He accepted a bouncing ball in the box and slit it past Spartan keeper, Alex Fernald. Hasibullah Naderi picked up the assist with the touch into the cluster. 

Plymouth State applied pressure throughout most of the remainder of regulation, including a shot that hit the post, but could not draw any closer. 

Fernald made five saves to earn his third consecutive win. Linus Linderberg turned aside five shots for the visitors.

Prior to the game, Castleton honored its four seniors: Kingdon, Gay, Spencer Butter, and Tim Stewart.