Spartans lose a tight one, prepare for LEC playoffs

The Spartans women’s soccer team went 1-1 this past week on the road with a 4-0 shutout win at New England College and a tough loss at Plymouth State University.

Castleton’s strong offensive showing against the Nor’Easters on Wednesday was highlighted by Makenzi Bellando, Rylee Nichols and Julia Carone, who all who scored goals.

Carone scored two consecutive goals in the second half for the Spartans, ultimately sealing the deal.

Moving on to Saturday, the Panthers’ lone goal early in the first half was enough to top the Spartans in conference play; putting the Spartans at 8-9 overall and 3-4 in Little East Conference play.

Goalie Loren Henderson recorded six saves in front of the net for Castleton, adding to her total of 90 on the season.

Going forward, the Spartans will defend the turf in LEC play one last time against the Corsairs of UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday. This game will be “Senior Day” and will kick off at 6 p.m.

Senior Karly Meacham is looking forward to celebrating with her teammates and family.

“Honestly it feels really bittersweet. I’m excited to finish my college career with such an amazing group of girls. But, it’s also sad to say goodbye to so many people I’ve created great relationships with,” Meacham said. “I know the team will play for each other and I’m really excited to see how we do.”

Following this game, Castleton will find out its seeding for the LEC tournament.

Last year, the Spartans’ season was ended after being defeated 1-0 in the LEC quarterfinals by UMass-Boston.

Senior Erin Tully is confident in her team’s ability to overcome any challenge they may face.

“Playoffs are like a redo,” Tully said. “You get to work on what went wrong and improve individually and as a team. We need to play our game and have fun with it, and if we do that, I fully believe we will come out with the result we want.”

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