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Spartans Claim Top Seed in NAC Tournament With Win Over Husson

Spartans Claim Top Seed in NAC Tournament With Win Over Husson

CASTLETON, Vt. – Tatenda Shumba scored two goals and Aaron Parker registered four saves as the Castleton men's soccer team capped off the regular season with its fourth straight shutout in a 4-0 victory over Husson in North Atlantic Conference action on Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

With the win, Castleton solidified the NAC regular-season title for the first time since 2013 and marked its first unbeaten conference regular season since 2010. The Spartans will have a first-round bye in the upcoming conference tournament and will host a semifinal matchup on Wednesday, Nov. 1, against the winner of fourth-seeded New England College and fifth-seeded Husson, which takes place Sunday, Oct. 29.

Castleton (10-6-2, 8-0-1) wasted little time getting on the board as Shumba notched his first goal of the match just under 11 minutes in. Jack Kingdon was awarded a free kick to the left side of the goal, where he sent a cross in front to Shumba for the one-touch goal to give the Spartans an early 1-0 lead.

The Spartans continued to add pressure on the offensive end, controlling possession throughout the first half. After a Husson defensive foul in the box, Thomas Kirk doubled the Spartans' lead in the 23rd minute with a penalty-kick goal that hammered inside the left post. Just over two minutes later, Seraphin Iradukunda scored for the fourth straight match after weaving through the defense and beating the keeper to the left side to give the Spartans a comfortable 3-0 lead at the half.

Shumba issued the final blow in the 87th minute as he received a long through ball from Andrew Meister and drove a low shot to the back of the net to extend Castleton's lead to 4-0, which proved to be the final score.

Husson (8-7, 5-4 NAC) was stymied by strong defensive play from Castleton as Parker stopped all four shots he faced to earn his fourth shutout of the season. Spencer Miranda led the Eagles with two shots on goal in the match.

Parker improved to 10-6-2 overall on the season with the win. Cody Gross fell to 6-6 in goal for the Eagles with three saves in over 79 minutes. Kyle Towsend played the final 10-plus minutes in goal for Husson and did not make a save.

Castleton held an advantage in shots, 17-9, including 7-4 on goal. The Spartans won the battle in corner kicks, 4-2, while fouls finished eight apiece.