BENNINGTON, Vt. – The visiting Castleton State College Spartans nudged Southern Vermont College 1-0 at Everett Field on the SVC campus Wednesday afternoon in men's soccer action.
CSC junior Bryce Kaler (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) put up the match's lone goal to stop the scoreless drought in the 70th minute when he controlled a ball in the right side of the box on a cross from junior Spencer Dandurand (Colchester, Vt.) and ripped it into the left side of the goal for his first of the year.
Castleton started the match with good pressure, notably through the middle. The Spartans won many of the 50-50 balls in the neutral third of the field where the majority of the early action was seen. Southern Vermont started to build pressure up top ten minutes in, gaining possession and moving the ball amongst each other. Castleton answered by starting to play the ball over the top, although the Mountaineer defense prevented the visitors from getting quality chances.
As the half wore on, CSC started to knock on the door and threaten to break the tie with a string of shots including a John Kendall (Springfield, Vt.) sliding shot that was just pushed wide of the right post in the 25th minute. Neither team was able to find the right opportunity, however, and the teams went into halftime deadlocked 0-0.
Both squads came out of the break with high energy and fast ball movement, creating chances on both ends of the pitch. Through the 60th minute, there was a lot of back-and-forth action across the middle of the field before Castleton started to knock on the door once again. Finally, Kaler found himself with the ball on his foot and the frame in sight and took full advantage, putting home the eventual game-winner.
Southern Vermont would try to press, but CSC was able to slow down momentum and utilize possession to run the clock until the final whistle and the 1-0 victory.
Spartan senior goalkeeper Nate Koenemann (Montpelier, Vt.) registered one save for his second win and shutout of the season while SVC junionr Brenden Shea (North Providence, R.I.) made seven saves while taking the loss (0-1).
The Mountaineers (0-3) return to action Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. match at Salve Regina University, and Castleton (2-0) looks to this weekend's CIAO Fall Classic hosted by Mass. College of Liberal Arts with the first match coming Saturday afternoon against Norwich University at 2:30 p.m.