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Castleton Spartans

Men's Soccer Travels to Keene State for Non-Conference Matchup

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's soccer team (1-4) looks to get back on track Wednesday night at Keene State (1-0-2) in a non-conference matchup starting at 7 p.m.

After picking up its first win of the season in a 3-1 victory over SUNY Poly, Castleton suffered back-to-back home losses against Clarkson and Potsdam by respective scores of 2-0 and 4-1. Both matches were scoreless at the end of the first half but four of the Spartans' last six goals allowed have come inside 10 minutes into the second stanza.

Coming off North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Week honors, Seraphin Iradukunda leads the Spartans with five points on two goals and an assist. Jack Kingdon has recorded a goal and an assist for three points, while Derek Blouin and Colby Gay have also netted goals through the team's first five games. Castleton is averaging nearly 12 shots per contest but has managed just five goals thus far.

Defensively, the Spartans are allowing 2.55 goals against per contest. Aaron Parker has started all five games in goal and has 22 saves and a .629 save percentage in 439 minutes.

Keene State remains unbeaten through its first three matches after most recently defeating Wheaton, 3-2, last Saturday. It was the first win of the season for the Owls, who have also tied Clark and Roger Williams.

The Owls are averaging 20 shots and 2.33 goals per game on offense. Seven different players have scored goals this season. Conor Leahy and William Salta have also added an assist to lead the team with three points.

On the defensive end, Keene State is allowing 1.73 goals against per match. Senior goalkeeper Jason Smith has started every game and played all 310 minutes between the pipes this season. Smith has recorded 11 saves and allowed six goals for a .647 save percentage en route to his 1-0-2 record.

The two teams have faced each other each of the past three years, with Keene State holding a 2-1 advantage over that span. The Owls defeated the Spartans last season, 2-0, while the Spartans earned the victory by the same score in 2015.