Spartans drop two hard fought games

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Sophmore Callie Miltenberger looks for a teammate.

A rough week for the Spartans women’s soccer team saw two consecutive losses; one at home to Middlebury College and one on the road at Western Connecticut State University.

The 3-0 loss at Dave Wolk Stadium to the Tigers of Middlebury College on Tuesday was more of a learning experience than a devastating loss. Playing against the second-ranked team in the nation, head coach Chris Chapdelaine was satisfied with his team’s effort against an all-around strong team.

“I think that anytime you come out and play well, you feel good about what you’ve done,” Chapdelaine said. “The scoreboard doesn’t have to be indicative of that. We did some things really well in that game and we generated some scoring opportunities.”

In the loss, junior goalie Loren Henderson recorded 10 saves in the full 90 minutes of play for the Spartans.

In the conference game in Danbury, Connecticut against the Colonials of Western Connecticut State University, the Spartans’ 4-2 loss dropped them to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in Little East Conference play. First-half goals from sophomore forward Taylor Mann and senior Forward Makenzi Bellando highlighted the offensive production for Castleton. Bellando’s goal marked her fifth on the season and 33rd in her career.

But four unanswered goals from the Colonials deflated the Spartan effort.

With only five games remaining in the 2019-2020 regular season, the Spartans look to capitalize on the opportunity of possibly winning three conference games against Eastern Connecticut State University, Plymouth State University and UMass-Dartmouth.

“I think we’re in a position where we could finish second or we could finish sixth,” Chapdelaine said. “That’s how it is every year in this conference… I expect to see us in the playoffs, then it’s a whole new season. I think that we are going to be in there and I think that we are going to be on the dangerous side.”

The Spartans return to action at Dave Wolk Stadium on Tuesday Oct. 15 for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup against the Gators of Sage College.

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