Men's Soccer Slips Up Against Potsdam

Men's Soccer Slips Up Against Potsdam

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's soccer team surrendered four goals in the second half and was unable to recover, as the visiting Potsdam Bears earned a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, Potsdam opened the second half with a quick pair of goals just three minutes apart. Jorge Ferrer struck a shot on goal that Aaron Parker was initially able to save, but he was unable to corral it and Tyler Mullery got the Bears on the board with a rebound goal in the 45th minute. Mullery doubled the Bears' lead in the 48th minute after spinning around at the top of the box and slipping a low shot to the far-right corner of the net.

Castleton cut the deficit in half just over 10 minutes later. Seraphin Iradukunda made a juke around the outside of the back defender to clear space for a cross in front of the goal, where Colby Gay struck a one-timer past the SUNY Potsdam goaltender to make the score 2-1 in the 58th minute.

The Spartan momentum was halted, however, as SUNY Potsdam went back on the attack and extended its lead exactly one minute later. Djavan Guy issued a corner kick into the box, where Spencer Johnston battled through traffic and snuck a low shot past Parker to expand the margin back to 3-1. Johnston added his second goal of the contest in the 70th minute, powering a free kick from nearly 40 yards out that bounced near the goal and jumped over a leaping Parker to give the Bears their largest lead of the match, 4-1. After a series of substitutions, including Alex Fernald taking over in goal, that proved to be the final score in favor of the Bears.

Both teams traded opportunities in the first half, but goalkeepers dominated their territory to keep the game scoreless after 45 minutes. The Spartan defensive line played a stellar half, allowing just three shots on goal, all of which were saved by Aaron Parker

Potsdam earned the first chance of the match with a corner kick in the 15th minute. Djavan Guy's cross pass swirled toward the goal, but it was never able to sneak through traffic and the Spartan defense cleared it.

Iradukunda broke loose beyond the Potsdam defense, but a tough angle forced the speeder's shot just wide of the goal. Less than a minute later, Jack Kingdon beamed a shot from the left side of the box that was gobbled up by the Bears' goalkeeper.

Potsdam held an advantage in shots, 15-9, including 9-3 on goal. The Spartans committed six fouls to the Bears' 11.

Castleton returns to the pitch Wednesday, Sept.13, to face Keene State in a non-conference matchup on the road starting at 7 p.m.