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Castleton Spartans

Men's Soccer Thumps SUNY Canton, 6-0

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's soccer team had its offense on full display with five different goal scorers in a convincing 6-0 victory over visiting SUNY Canton on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Spartan Stadium.

With the win, Castleton improved to 7-6-2 on the season. SUNY Canton fell to 6-7-1 after the loss.

After a back-and-forth start, Jack Kingdon got Castleton on the board first with his second goal of the season in the 25th minute. After a defensive foul gave Kingdon a free kick from nearly 30 yards out, Kingdon capitalized on the opportunity with a right-footed boot that beamed inside the left post. Nearly 15 minutes later, Castleton again benefited from a SUNY Canton foul deep in its defensive zone. Sean Springer redirected a free kick from Thomas Kirk on goal and it was initially saved, but Joel Atutor was there to smash home the rebound as the Spartans doubled their lead in the 40th minute.

Castleton continued to press, forcing turnovers near midfield to prevent SUNY Canton from setting up offensive attacks. Edward Malinoski Jr. registered SUNY Canton's only shot on goal in the first half and Aaron Parker made a diving save to keep the Kangaroos off the board. The Spartans outshot the Kangaroos, 9-4, over the first 45 minutes and held a 2-0 advantage on the scoreboard at halftime.

The first-half dominance transferred over to the second half as Castleton poured it on with four more goals, including three in the final nine minutes of action. After Fidele Rutayisire finished a through ball from Kirk just over five minutes into the half, Seraphin Iradukunda, Josh Mathews, and Atutor rattled off quick goals late in regulation to blow the game open.

Iradukunda started the late surge with his team-leading ninth goal of the season after piercing the Kangaroos' back line and finishing his own rebound off the keeper in the 82nd minute. Four minutes later, Arun Karki set up a cross in front where Mathews fired a shot inside the right post to give the Spartans a 5-0 advantage. With less than three minutes left in regulation, Atutor notched his second goal of the match off an assist from Tatenda Shumba as Castleton earned the convincing 6-0 victory. 

Atutor led the Spartans with two goals on the afternoon, while Iradukunda finished with a goal and an assist. Parker made three saves in net to earn his third shutout of the season and improve to 7-6-2 overall. Connor Campbell got the start in goal for SUNY Canton and made three saves but fell to 3-2 on the season after the loss. Austin Lamay played the final 45 minutes in goal and made one save for the Kangaroos.

The Spartans held an 18-9 advantage in shots, including 10-3 on goal. Corner kicks finished 7-1 in favor of Castleton, while the Spartans committed 10 fouls to the Kangaroos' 11.

Castleton returns to the pitch Tuesday, Oct. 17, to face Johnson State in the first of three home conference matchups to conclude the regular season. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.