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Men’s Soccer Stumped by Rhode Island College, 4-2

Men’s Soccer Stumped by Rhode Island College, 4-2

CASTLETON, Vt. – Behind four second-half goals, Rhode Island College defeated the Castleton University men's soccer team, 4-2, on Saturday.

Jack Kingdon extended his goal-scoring streak to four straight games and now has scored at least one goal in eight out of his past nine games. He also assisted on the Spartans' first goal. 

Thomas Aldana turned in a hat trick for the Anchormen to lead the way offensively. He also had a game-high seven shots. Dominic Nnadi had a goal and an assist, while Axel Ortega pitched in with a helper for Rhode Island College (6-4-1, 3-1-0 LEC). 

Ben Stewart opened the scoring and collected his third goal of the campaign for Castleton (3-8-0, 1-3-0 LEC). Kingdon played a centering pass to the foot of Colby Gay, who slipped the ball to Stewart from close range. The play was originally ruled a defensive save on the goal line, but was called a goal after an officials' conference.

Castleton held a one-goal lead until the 53rd minute, when Aldana netted his first after a long feed from Nnadi. Nnadi was awarded a penalty kick and converted just 1:21 later. Then, Aldana extended the lead on a broken play in front of the Castleton goal. 

Kingdon also scored on a broken play after winning the ball versus Anchormen goalkeeper Charlie Tashjian in the outer perimeter of the box. Moments later, Kingdon had a bid to tie the game on a short rush, but Tashjian came through with a sprawled-out stop to maintain the visitor's lead. 

Aldana completed the scoring and his hat trick in the 87th minute after chasing down a leading pass from Ortega beyond the pinched in Castleton defense

RIC held a 19-11 edge in shots as well as a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Tashjian made six saves while Spartan keeper Alex Fernald had a pair of stops. 

Castleton returns to action on Tuesday as it will travel to Westfield State in a non-conference match at 4 p.m.