Following 2 consecutive ECFC losses to the defending conference champions, SUNY-Maritime, and then at home to Norwich, the Spartan football team rebounded with a big 56-28 win on the road against the Becker Hawks at Alumni Field on Saturday, Oct. 15. It was tied at 28 until midway through the third quarter when the Spartans scored 28 unanswered points against the Hawks, including three touchdowns from junior running back Tyler Carpenter. Carpenter ran for 171 yards with a career-high four rushing TD’s, and he also caught one, leading the Spartans to victory as they improve to 2-4 overall with a 2-2 record in the ECFC. The Spartans next game is at Anna Maria on Saturday, Oct. 22, and their next home game is on Saturday, Oct. 29 against Gallaudet.
With wins over conference foes, Husson and Maine Maritime, the women’s soccer team remains unbeaten in the NAC with a perfect 7-0 record in the conference. Senior forward Courtney Chadburn became the all-time leading scorer in Castleton women’s soccer history, scoring her 80th career goal in the 32nd minute against Husson. Senior forward Hilary Cooke added two more goals to give the Spartans a 3-1 victory over Husson. The Spartans also beat Maine Maritime 7-0 over break. Freshman Jenna Bostwick had two goals and an assist in the game, Chadburn added a goal and an assist, bringing her to just two points shy of being the first player in Castleton history with 200 career points. Also during the game against Maine Maritime, sophomore Stephanie Bull scored her first collegiate goal, so congratulate her when you see her.
As for the men’s soccer team, they defeated Husson 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 15. Freshman Dameon Young scored on a diving header with just 45 seconds remaining in the game, giving the Spartans the victory. Dillon Zaengle took a free kick from 22 yards out after a Husson foul. The kick was heading toward the far post where Young was able to head the ball in for his fourth goal of the season. On Sunday, Oct. 16, the Spartans took on another conference foe, Maine Maritime, at Spartan Stadium. The Mariners scored early into the second-half as Benjamin Russell one-timed a header from Nate Tipton past Spartan keeper Nate Koenemann for a 1-0 lead. The Spartans never gave up as they fought hard throughout the entire game. In the 80th minute, Spencer Dandurand was fouled in the box, and the Spartans were awarded a penalty kick. Dameon Young scored on the PK to tie it at one apiece. After two overtimes, the game ended in a tie, bringing the Spartans record to 8-5-2 (5-1-1 in the NAC).
Be sure to tune into Spartan Sports Weekly this Friday as we will be review some of the more recent athletic events for Castleton.