Men struggling, women at 2-1

After winning its home season opener 3-2 in overtime against Green Mountain, the Castleton men’s soccer team lost any momentum from the win.Coach John Werner’s squad dropped the following three games, including a 4-0 loss to Norwich and a 4-1 loss to St. Michael’s.

And out shooting Johnson State 31-17 wasn’t enough as the Spartans then fell to the Badgers 2-1 in overtime Saturday in their first North Atlantic Conference match-up. Castleton led 1-0 going into the half, but Johnson’s Paul Ladd tied it in the 75th minute.

With many of Castleton’s shots off their mark, the Spartan’s were unable to muster another goal before regulation time ended.

In overtime, the Badgers received a corner kick that was knocked out of bounds.

On the second corner attempt, the Spartan’s goalkeeper Mike Anthony stopped the first shot, but Johnson’s Dylan Wolff was there for the rebound and winning goal.

Johnson’s Andrew Lane had 13 saves while Anthony made eight.

Castleton next travels to Middlebury today with a 1-3 overall and 0-1 NAC record.

Women’s soccer

The Castleton women’s soccer team dropped its season opener 2-0 to SUNY-Plattsburgh, but bounced back in their home opener with a 2-1 victory against Norwich.

Coach Chris Chapdelaine’s squad led 1-0 at the half after Erin Hanlon started the scoring in the 38th minute.

Norwich evened the score with just over 11 minutes of play left. However, 10 seconds later, Tracy Stala scored the game winner after being denied earlier in the half.

Three days later, the Spartans defeated Johnson State 2-0 in the team’s first NAC game of the season.

Castleton hosts St. Michael’s tomorrow and heads into the non-conference match-up 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

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