Chapdelaine collects 200th win

One shot is all it took to get the Spartans rolling as Rylee Pepin snuck one in six minutes into the contest. From then on it was all Castleton, with Maggie McKearin scoring in the 62nd minute and then potting another one only three minutes later.

The Castleton Spartans women’s soccer team defeated SUNY Cobleskill in dominating fashion on Oct. 5, winning 3-0 while outshooting Cobleskill 41 to 3.

The win improved the Spartans record to 2-9-0, but also marked head coach Chris Chapdelaine’s 200th career win.

“Achieving the 200-win milestone makes me feel old, but extremely grateful as well. I’m not the one who goes out and wins the games, the players do,” said Chapdelaine.

Chapdelaine began his Castleton coaching career as a two-year assistant coach for the 2003 squad and 2004 squad. He then began his head coaching career in 2005.

Currently in his 19th season as head coach, he has lead record breaking teams in the win department during the 2010 season with 16 wins and 2011 with 17. The 17-win season was the most in Spartans women’s soccer team history.

“This milestone is a product of all those players who have come through our program and the many great staff members who supported them along the way. I’m just honored to have been a part of their experience and to represent our program alongside them. This milestone is really about them and not me,” said Chapdelaine.

Players acknowledged their coach’s achievement.

“As a team we are very proud of him, as this is a big accomplishment for any coach to achieve. Although this season hasn’t gone the way we exactly expected, I have really enjoyed my time with the team and with him as my coach. I look forward to the rest of this season and next year as well,” said junior defender Lauren Fotter.

While the team has been off to a rocky start to the season, now sitting at 3-10, it’s young and learning, with only four seniors on the team. This means that majority of the squad will return next season to help Chapdelaine add even more wins to his belt.

“As a first-year player, I see Coach Chap as someone who will always be there for you on and off the field. As soon as I met him, he made me feel comfortable and has helped me grow as a player and a person. I look forward to learning more from him. These next few years, I know he will help me improve my confidence on the field and make me a stronger player,” said freshman Emma Kirby.

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