The women’s soccer team continues to plow through its competition, continuing an eight-game winning streak. On Oct. 19, the Spartans defeated Johnson State by a score of 1-0.
After playing a scoreless first half, it was only early in the second half when the Spartans scored the game-winning goal to defeat the Badgers.
Just 1:31 into the second half, senior Hillary Cooke scored on a pass from teammate Courtney Chadburn from right outside the 18, which was deflected off a Johnson defender, and sent into the back of the net.
The Spartans maintained pressure for the rest of the game, but the Badgers just couldn’t get past Castleton defense. Davis made three saves to earn the shutout for the Spartans.
On the 26th, the Spartans saw second-place Colby Sawyer, and blew them away with a score of 6-0.
Cooke was at it again, scoring four and assisting one. Also scoring for the Spartans were Courtney Chadburn and Kelly Gerken.
In the beginning of the game, the Spartans were strong against the Chargers goalkeeper, firing six shots off. It was with the seventh that Cooke finally broke through on Shalyn Spencer to take the 1-0 lead. Shortly after, she scored again to end the half.
She scored quickly in the second half to give herself a hat trick and give the Spartans the 3-0 lead. The assist came from Chadburn.
Shortly after, Chadburn took a ball that was punted by Davis right down the field and beat Spencer. Later, Kelly Gerken received a deflection by the Colby Sawyer goalkeeper, and put the ball into the open net. Quickly after, Cooke found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the game, giving Castleton the 6-0 win.
Spencer made nine saves in the game for the Chargers, while Castleton goalkeeper Ericka Davis made four saves.
On Saturday, the Spartans blew past Thomas in the NAC Quarterfinal game. Cooke was at it again, scoring two goals and an assist in the game.
Thomas however took the lead only ten minutes into the game, but it wasn’t long before Castleton took the lead, and they didn’t let it go.
Chadburn scored about five minutes later on a header past the diving Thomas goalkeeper. In the 29th minute of the game, Jenna Bostwick was given a ball by Cooke just outside the 18, and fired it past the Thomas keeper. Cooke scored about 12 minutes later, finishing off a blocked shot by teammate Maria Arnot.
Kelsey Lenney scored her third of the season with a header with just 1:37 left in the half leaving the score at 4-1 at the end of the first half. Just three minutes into the second half, Lenney headed another ball into the net, giving the Spartans the 5-1 lead. It didn’t take long for Cooke to score her second of the game, and 18th of the season, ending the game at the score of 6-1, scoring off a pass from Kelsey Garceau right outside the six.
The Spartans improved their record to 15-4 and look to continue to push forward in the playoffs.