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Castleton Spartans

Early Goal Stands as Men's Soccer Blanks Lyndon, 1-0

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Fidele Rutayisire set the early tone with a quick goal out of the gates and Aaron Parker posted six saves as the Castleton men's soccer team shutout Lyndon, 1-0, in a North Atlantic Conference matchup Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Castleton improved to 3-5-1 overall and 2-0-1 in NAC play. Lyndon fell to 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in conference action following the loss.

Castleton jumped out to an early lead just five minutes into the contest when Colby Gay clipped a cross into the box where Rutayisire sent a header to the back of the net at the 5:08 mark. The Spartans controlled possession for the majority of the opening half, outshooting Lyndon 6-2 on goal while maintaining the one-goal lead after 45 minutes of play.

After Lyndon turned away a corner kick from Jack Kingdon in the 46th minute, Lyndon picked up its offensive pressure with a pair of shots on goal over the next six minutes. Parker came away with two key saves as the Spartans regained possession in the offensive end.

Kingdon nearly doubled the Spartans' lead in the 59th minute, but a diving save from the Hornets' goalkeeper on a header inside the box kept the score intact. Both goalkeepers were strong down the stretch as Castleton came out victorious, 1-0. 

The Spartans outshot Lyndon, 24-11, including 10-6 on goal. Rutayisire led the Spartans with three shots on goal, while Kingdon and Nick Kaiafas each fed two shots on net. Parker finished with six saves to earn his first shutout of the season and improve to 3-5-1 on the year. The Spartans held an advantage in corner kicks, 10-4, in the win.

Castleton returns to the pitch Tuesday for a non-conference matchup at Norwich at 7 p.m.