Kingdon leading the way for Spartans

Jack Kingdon and teammates Sean Springer and Cam Rossi-Crete celebrate after goal in a game versus WestConn Sep. 15. Photo by 
Devin Poslusny.

The Castleton men’s Soccer team has been struggling to find their way as of late, with an overall record of 6-6-1 and a conference record of 2-3-1.

Jack Kingdon, a junior midfielder for the Spartans, was named Little East Conference Offensive Player of the week for the week of Sep. 23.

“I was shocked,” Kingdon said of his reaction to being named the first LEC award recipient in program history. “I honestly didn’t think too much into it because we have been struggling as a team and I would rather be winning games than winning awards.”

    On Saturday Oct. 13 the Spartans took on the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors who are in second place in the Little East Conference.

“Getting a really good result against Plymouth prepped them really well for this game,” Coach O’Connor commented prior to the game.

Despite being well prepared and being aggressive throughout the contest, the Spartans fell to the Warriors 1-0.

“Jack is a continuing work in progress,” O’Connor said about his junior midfielder. “He’s very talented.”

O’Connor described the Spartans as having a “two-headed monster” when it comes to having Kingdon and Seraphin Iradakunda on the field.

“That’s a pretty good thing to have.” Said O’Connor.

Kingdon dribbles the ball upfield in a game versus WestConn Sep. 15. Photo by Devin Poslusny.

O’Connor described the game as a “tough loss” because the Spartans played well, especially in the second half.

“We dominated possession,” he said, “It was our most complete game… If we continue to play like we did today, success will follow.”

Jack Kingdon thought he had brought the game level when he scored with less than ten minutes left on the clock, but the goal was called back.

“Seraphin and Jack created a bunch of very good chances,” O’Connor said.

Yet, they couldn’t break through against a very good Eastern Connecticut State defense.

The Spartans are heading into the last few weeks of the season and have a few important conference games ahead of them. Their next conference game is set to take place at home Saturday Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. as they take on first-place Keene State. The Spartans look to earn another win Wednesday Oct. 17 as they host Middlebury in a non-conference matchup at

7 p.m. at Dave Wolk Stadium.

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