MANCHESTER, Vt. – Three first-period Plattsburgh goals were enough to down the Castleton University women's soccer team on Friday afternoon as the teams met at Applejack Stadium in Manchester.
With both teams opening the season at the neutral site, Castleton falls to 0-1-0, while Plattsburgh is 1-0-0.
Answering an early Cardinal goal, the Spartans notched the equalizer in the 16th minute off of the foot of Taylor Mann. The forward used her wheels to catch up to a long pass from Rylee Nichols. Once catching up to the ball, Mann dribbled and slotted it past the goalie.
Over the next 20 minutes, the sides traded possessions, shots and corner kicks. At the 35:53 marks, Kristen Villemaire tallied the first of three consecutive Cardinal goals, which would give Plattsburgh a 4-1 advantage. Taking a cross from the right, the ball clipped the back post and dropped in.
Approaching the 75th minute, Castleton's Bronwen Hopwood just missed wide left before converting on the next opportunity. The senior forward initially attempted a header off a cross, but it caught the post and bounced out. Yet, the Hinesburg, Vt. native followed the rebound and sent it through the scrum in front of the net to bring the Spartans within 4-2.
Despite the final score, the teams remained close in several statistical categories. Separated by a single corner kick, Plattsburgh led the way with a 7-6 advantage, while Castleton tallied one more save and foul.
Both goalies, Taylor Adams for Plattsburgh and Loren Henderson for Castleton, played the entire 90 minutes. Henderson took the loss, but stopped three shots, while Adams saved two balls in a winning effort.
Women's soccer officially heads out on the road for two games before their home opener on Sept. 8. Next on the docket is a 2 p.m. contest at Sage College on Sunday afternoon.
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