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Men's Soccer Set for NAC Clash with Colby-Sawyer

Men's Soccer Set for NAC Clash with Colby-Sawyer

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's soccer team (3-5-2, 2-0-1 NAC) is set to host Colby-Sawyer (4-4, 3-0 NAC) in a battle for first place Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.

Castleton enters the weekend unbeaten in its last four matchups with two wins and a pair of draws. The Spartans downed NAC foes Green Mountain and Lyndon last week before settling for a 1-1 draw against Norwich on Tuesday. Despite dominating offensive possession for the majority of the contest, Thomas Kirk's second-half goal drew the game even as Castleton forced the most saves out of a Norwich keeper in over a decade.

Seraphin Iradukunda leads the offensive unit with 10 points on four goals and two assists.  Jack Kingdon and Abinash Rai have each tallied six points on the season, while Colby Gay and Fidele Rutayisire each have five points on two goals and an assist. The Spartans are averaging 1.80 goals per game on the offensive end.

Defensively, Castleton has posted a 1.61 goals-against average through its first 10 games. Aaron Parker has started every game in net and has a .746 save percentage with 50 saves in 884 minutes. Parker has elevated his game against conference foes this season as he has 15 saves with just one goal allowed for a .938 save percentage. The senior has allowed just two goals in his last four starts en route to a 2-0-2 record over that span.

Colby-Sawyer enters the weekend undefeated in conference play after most recently besting New England College and Husson last week.  

The Chargers are averaging 1.88 goals per game on offense. Denali Sexton leads the team with 16 points and ranks second in the conference with six goals and four assists. Jake Sykes has notched two goals and three assists through the team's first eight games this season. Noah Camelo has two goals and an assist for five total points, while Ahamad Raji and Eddie Garcia each have tallied four points on a pair of goals.

Defensively, Shane Sacks is 3-1 in goal with 15 saves and a 0.92 goals-against average in three starts between the pipes. Sacks has allowed three goals and has posted one shutout on the season. Sean Babinski is 1-3 with 38 saves and a 2.23 goals-against average in six games played in goal.

The two teams last faced each other in last year's regular season, with Colby-Sawyer earning a 2-1 victory on its home pitch. Current assistant coach Nihad Basic netted the lone Spartan goal coming on an assist from Kingdon. The Spartans defeated the Chargers, 2-0, at home in 2015.