BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College was outdone by Castleton University Wednesday afternoon as the hosting Mountaineers fell 5-1 in non-conference men's soccer action at Everett Field.
The Spartans scored twice in a matter of 39 seconds during the 20th minute with the latter proving to be all they needed for the win. SVC got on the board 10 minutes into the second period, but that would be it for the Mountaineers as Castleton closed out its seventh-straight win over Southern Vermont.
SVC (1-5) begins New England Collegiate Conference action with its next game—heading to Mitchell College on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
Play went back-and-forth through the early going until the Spartans punched home a rebound opportunity for the 1-0 edge. CU wasted little time in extending its lead with a long carry being slotted home for the visitors to go in front by two. Castleton would strike two more times in the final 17 minutes of the opening period to bring a comfortable upper hand into the break.
Southern Vermont ended the shutout bid in the 56th minute when senior captain Nikolas Joseph (Coventry, Conn.) made a spectacular finish for his second goal of the year. Sophomore Nick Langat (Silver Spring, Md.) sent a long, looping pass from 45 yards out on the left edge of the pitch towards the top-right corner of the box; Joseph ran onto it perfectly and ripped his first touch back across the frame to beat the Castleton keeper.
That would be all the Mountaineers could muster, however, while CU got it back on a penalty kick in the 75th minute.
Southern Vermont freshman keeper Tyler Mackie (Danville, N.H.) made nine saves during 71 minutes of the loss (0-1).
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