MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Castleton women's soccer team battled back from a one-goal deficit to send the match to overtime, but Eastern Connecticut State provided the game-winner with less than three minutes left in the first extra period to defeat the Spartans, 2-1, in a non-conference matchup Sunday afternoon at Mansfield Complex.
Following the loss, Castleton dropped to 2-3-1 overall on the season. Eastern Connecticut State improved to 3-2-3 with the win.
Aly Clarke provided both goals in the win for ECSU, with her second tally giving her team the sudden-death victory with 2:29 remaining in the first overtime period. The Spartans had a pair of corner kicks in the extra period but were unable to establish a shot on goal.
After a scoreless first half, Clarke gave her team a 1-0 lead with a deep kick from 35 yards out that pocketed under the crossbar in the 53rd minute. The Spartans quickly responded, with Rylee Nichols scoring her second goal in as many days to tie the match at 1-1 in the 62nd minute. Nichols found space near the top of the box and fired it past the Warriors' goalkeeper to hand the Spartans momentum down the stretch.
Neither side was able to capitalize over the final 28 minutes, sending the game to overtime where Eastern Connecticut State was able to find the back of the net.
The Spartans finished with two shots overall, including the goal from Nichols and an off-target shot from Kinnan Latremore. Kiley Baran made six saves in the match despite dropping her first decision in goal to fall to 2-1 on the season.
The Spartans return home to face Green Mountain in a North Atlantic Conference matchup Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
Photo Credit: Ken Sanders.