Men shut out Lyndon State 5-0

The men’s soccer team dominated the visiting Lyndon State Hornets 5-0 in their NAC quarterfinal game.
The Spartans struck early in the seventh minute. A beautiful pass by Bryce Kaler went over the defensive to Spencer Dandurand, who took the shot and scored.  The Lyndon goalie, Jason Marks, got a hand on it, but couldn’t keep it out of the net.  

“Getting that first goal felt great,” Dandurand said. “It’s so important for our team to get rolling early and Bryce played me a perfect ball.”

The next goal came only five minutes later in minute 12.  Dandurand hit a long cross where Owen Fellows was cutting. The ball took one bounce and Fellows was able to head it over the

Marks into the net.  Dandurand finished the day with a goal and assist.  

“It felt really good, said Fellows about his play. “It was really important to get the two goal lead.”  

The Spartans’ next goal came from a through ball from P.J. Phillips.  Phillips hit Dameon Young on the run and he finished the play with ease.  

The first half came to an end with the Spartans leading 3-0 and the second half was no different.  Castleton controlled the ball and had several more chances to score.
They got their fourth goal in the 74th minute.  Captain John Kendall stole the ball from Lyndon defenders and raced down the field.  Kendall’s speed allowed him to beat the defenders down field and tuck the ball into the corner of the net.  

“Finally,” Kendall commented.  “It took enough time, but it felt good.”
Castleton’s final goal came in the 86th minute when Gabe Bicker put in his first career goal off an assist from Jake Tietgens.  Marks once again got a hand on it, but it just wasn’t enough to stop Bicker.  

“I think we played well,” said Head Coach John O’Connor. “I was happy with a lot of pockets and [we] played very well.”
This win improved Castleton’s record to 13-2-2 overall.  They will play in the NAC semifinal tonight in Spartan Stadium.