CASTLETON, Vt. –The Castleton University men's soccer was triumphant in a hotly-contested non-conference match with Springfield College at home on Saturday, 3-2.
With the victory, Castleton improves to 2-3-0 and Springfield dips to 1-5-1.
Castleton had the lead for most of the game and was able to hold off a relentless second-half surge from the Pride for the win. Three different goal-scorers – Jack Kingdon, Ben Stewart, Jacob Godfrey – accounted for the Spartan offense.
Kingdon gave Castleton the lead 9:03 into the contest. After taking a Springfield turnover, he laid into a strike that was not able to be handled by Pride starter, Qasim El-Ashkar, and inside the right post.
Then, Springfield tied it at one on a goal from Ian Macala after his shot ricocheted off of a teammate and past Castleton freshman goalkeeper, Andres Soto-Burgos.
Just 2:18 later, the Spartans scored again to re-take the lead for good. Stewart intercepted a pass between a pair of Springfield players after briefly turning the ball over himself. Then, he drilled a shot from 31 yards up-and-over the diving keeper for his second goal of the season.
Godfrey scored on a header for the second time in as many games on a corner kick to give the Spartans insurance, but the goal eventually served as the game-winner. Colby Gay collected an assist on the goal at the 2:08 mark of the second half.
Springfield's attack resulted in just one goal the rest of the way as Soto-Burgos earned his second victory of the season. Jack Rosenberg was awarded a goal at the 60:08 mark after his long shot could not be halted before it crossed the goal-line. Soto-Burgos originally got a hand on the shot, but the ball was ruled to have crossed the line before the freshman goalie pulled it back.
Springfield controlled the majority of possession time for the remainder of regulation, but Soto-Burgos made three saves down the stretch, a deflected shot hit the post, and the defense fended off a pair of corner kicks in the closing minutes to secure the win.
Springfield committed 17 fouls to Castleton's six in the contest and the Pride were handed four yellow cards in the physical contest. Springfield also held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks and a 17-10 shot advantage.
Castleton will return to action on Tuesday as it will travel to intrastate rival Norwich before kicking off conference play on Saturday, September 21 at home versus UMass Boston.