Spartans Host Colby-Sawyer in First-Place Battle Saturday

Spartans Host Colby-Sawyer in First-Place Battle Saturday

CASTLETON, Vt. – A pair of North Atlantic Conference unbeaten teams will clash on Saturday afternoon as Castleton women's soccer (4-4-1, 3-0 NAC) hosts Colby-Sawyer (6-1, 3-0 NAC) in a pivotal league contest at 3:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.

Castleton is coming off a hard-fought, 2-1 loss at Plymouth State on Wednesday. The Spartans have won four of their last six games, including three conference victories over New England College, Green Mountain, and Lyndon.

Makenzi Bellando leads the offensive squad with 14 points on six goals and two assists. Rylee Nichols has tallied 13 points on six goals and an assist, all coming in the last five games. Julia Carone and Bronwen Hopwood each have registered eight points on three goals and two assists. 12 different Spartans have found the back of the net this season as they lead the conference in goals (28) and goals per game (3.11).

The Spartans have been equally as strong on the defensive end. Kiley Baran anchors the net with a 4-2 record with one shutout and an .800 save percentage. After making the transition to goalkeeper early in the season, Baran has been stellar with 24 saves and a 1.03 goals-against average in six starts, good for second in the NAC. 

Colby-Sawyer enters the weekend tied for first place with Castleton after defeating New England College and Husson last week. Most recently, the Chargers shutout Gordon, 2-0, to mark their fifth straight win.

Hannah Fields leads the offensive unit with 14 points on six goals and two assists. Molly MacLure has tallied eight points on two goals and four assists, while Abbie Sansourcy and Maddie Chamard have five points and four points, respectively. The Chargers are averaging 13 shots and 2.43 goals per game.

Defensively, Colby-Sawyer ranks No. 1 in the league with just five goals allowed. Sam Mitchell is 4-1 with 36 saves and a 0.89 save percentage, while Marissa Williams is 2-0 and has 13 saves without allowing a goal thus far this season.

The two teams battled to a 2-2 draw last season at Colby-Sawyer. The Chargers won their fourth consecutive conference title in 2016.