With only 16.6 seconds left in regulation, the Castleton women’s soccer team allowed RPI to take a 2-1 lead that would hold out as the game winner on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
Despite the loss, the Spartans battled and gave the impression that many wins are coming this season.
The Spartans started off their scoring in the ninth minute when Mallory Costello made a brilliant pass to Jenna Bostwick at the top of the box. Bostwick crushed the ball sending it just passed arms of RPI goaltender, Tori Riopelle.
Castleton was dominating.
However, RPI came back with a tally of their own. In the 43rd minute, the Engineers fired a shot, which was snatched by Castleton goalie Jess Binkowski for a huge save. But, Binkowski was unable to hold onto the ball, leaving it on the turf. RPI’s Hannah Bordogna took advantage sending the ball to the net to give RPI their first goal of the game.
According to sophomore midfielder Bri DiPhilppo the Spartans spirits could not be crushed.
“We didn’t get down on each other no matter what, we played well as a unit and stuck together,” she said.
The match was very evenly paced moving though the second half.
The Spartans utilized great defense anchored by junior Captain Allie Vachon. Vachon’s elusiveness and speed help saved many RPI opportunities.
Although the match appeared to be headed for an extra period, Castleton just couldn’t fight off the hungry Engineers.
With 16.6 seconds left Cori Winslow struck the ball with great force sending it just over the head of Binkowski for the game winner.
The heart-wrenching loss was tough for the Spartans to take, but DiPhilippo is confident about the outlook for the rest of the season.
“If we keep practicing, and playing hard we have a great chance in conference and with the NAC title,” she said.
The lady Spartans have a 3-3 record and play again at home against Lyndon State on Sept. 20.