NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Castleton University men's soccer team played intrastate rival Norwich University to a 1-1, double-overtime draw Tuesday night in non-conference action on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.
With the draw, Castleton moved to 3-5-2 overall on the season. Norwich is now 3-3-3.
The Spartans applied heavy pressure throughout the match, and Thomas Kirk finally provided the spark with the game-tying goal late in the second half. Trailing 1-0, Kirk powered home a laser beam from nearly 40 yards out that struck past the outstretched hands of Norwich keeper Brendan Germano and pocketed inside the right post to level the game at 1-1 with less than 18 minutes left in regulation.
The Spartans continued to press in the offensive end, culminating with a golden opportunity for Fidele Rutayisire with just 11 seconds left. Germano came off his line to cut off Rutayisire's angle and eventually kicked it away, marking one of his eight crucial saves in the second half.
Seraphin Iradukunda and Jacob Godfrey each registered a shot on goal in the first overtime, but neither side was able to net the game-winner. Aaron Parker stopped the only shot he faced in the second overtime as the game ultimately ended with the score still locked, 1-1.
Norwich struck first with the go-ahead goal just over eight minutes into the match. Chris Clain put away a feed from Matt Hilton to give the Cadets an early 1-0 lead at the 8:02 mark. Norwich continued offensive possession with two more shots on goal over the next four minutes, but Parker held his own and allowed the Spartans to pick up momentum on the offensive end.
After allowing three early shots on goal, Castleton went on a tear to outshoot the Cadets 5-0 the rest of the half. Jack Kingdon fired a deep shot that was tucked away before Valter Jacobsson battled traffic in front and sent a header to the net only to be saved. Sean Springer fired a high shot that sailed off the crossbar late in the half as the Spartans went into the break trailing 1-0.
Norwich issued the first shot on goal of the second half before the Spartans battled from behind to draw the game even on Kirk's first tally of the season.
Kingdon led the Spartans with three shots on goal, while Rutayisire and Godfrey each recorded two. Parker finished with eight saves in the contest to move to 3-5-2 on the season. Germano made 14 saves on the other end, the most by a Cadet keeper in over a decade.
The Spartans held a 29-19 advantage in shots, including 16-9 on goal. Corner kicks were 4-3 in favor of Castleton, while the Spartans committed nine fouls to the Cadets' 13.
Castleton returns to action Saturday when it hosts Colby-Sawyer in a key conference contest starting at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.