The Castleton State College women’s soccer team was shut down by RPI this weekend at ECAV stadium in Troy, N.Y.
Rensselaer had control for most of the game and it was obvious this year’s Castleton squad hadn’t been playing together very long. RPI jumped out of the gate and scored three goals early, and Castleton was unable to rally and fell 3-0.
“Lack of communication really killed us,” said junior midfielder Jenna Bostwick.
Bostwick is the lone junior on the team and is accompanied by only four seniors. Bostwick, along with Hannah Corkum, Hallie Roberge, Blaire Hooper and Kelsey Lenney led the young squad dominated by freshmen.
The lack of team chemistry was apparent as the Spartans took their third loss of the season.
“We are still trying to figure out how each other play,” said Bostwick. “We weren’t playing our game.”
Castleton couldn’t manage a comeback from the three goals scored by RPI in the first half. Just eight minutes into the game, the Engineers scored on a deflected cross that found its way into the back of the net. The next goal came in minute 35 when RPI’s Emily Eastman received a pass from teammate Sandy Kirk at the top of the box and ripped a shot passed Castleton’s goalkeeper, Jessica Binkowski. Eastman struck again right before the half with a shot off the crossbar to make it 3-0.
The Spartan’s loss brings them to an even 3-3 on the season. They are looking forward to taking on Norwich at Spartan Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 19.