Spartans Set to Conclude NAC Slate at Home

Spartans Set to Conclude NAC Slate at Home

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton women's soccer team is set to wrap up its regular-season league schedule over the weekend with North Atlantic Conference matchups against Maine Maritime and Husson at Spartan Stadium.

Castleton (7-7-1, 6-1 NAC) hosts the Mariners at 12 p.m. on Saturday, before hosting Husson on Senior Day at the same time Sunday. The Spartans currently sit in second place in the conference with playoff implications on the line this weekend.

The Spartans are coming off a 4-0 victory over Johnson State on Tuesday night, marking their fifth shutout of the season. Four different players scored in the win over the Badgers, with Dallas Brodhead, Julia Carone, Bronwen Hopwood, and Makenzi Bellando all finding the back of the net.

Rylee Nichols leads the squad with 22 points on 10 goals and two assists. 18 of her points have come in conference action as she has tallied at least a point in every NAC match this season. Bellando is second on the team with 18 points and is tied for the team lead in assists (four) with Hopwood, who also has five goals on the season. Carone has five goals and two assists for 12 total points, while Aubra Linn has nine points on three goals and three assists. With 36 total goals on the season, Castleton ranks third in the NAC with an average of 2.60 goals per game.

Kiley Baran has been stellar in goal, posting a 0.85 goals-against average and .837 save percentage – both of which rank second in the conference – in 10 starts this season. She is 7-3 overall with three shutouts and 41 saves in 844 minutes of action. In seven conference starts, Baran is 6-1 with a 0.49 goals-against average and .880 save percentage.

Maine Maritime (6-9, 4-3 NAC) enters the weekend sixth in the conference after defeating UMaine-Farmington, 1-0, on Tuesday. Makayla Lewis notched the game-winning goal in the 25th minute of the match to give the Mariners their fourth win in their last five games.

Lewis leads the Mariners' offense with 22 points on nine goals and four assists in 15 starts. Eryn Doiron follows closely with 20 points on nine goals and four assists, while Emily Wyman has four goals and two assists for 10 total points. Doiron has been strong in conference play with six goals and two assists in seven NAC contests.

Emily Conway has made every start in goal for Maine Maritime and holds a 6-9 overall record with 78 saves and four shutouts. Conway has a 1.80 goals-against average to go with a .743 save percentage on the season.

Castleton fell to the Mariners in overtime last season, 1-0, on a goal from Lewis 50 seconds into the extra period. The Spartans defeated Maine Maritime, 2-0, in 2015.

Husson (6-5-1, 5-1-1 NAC) enters the weekend right behind Castleton in the league standings after playing New England College to a scoreless double-overtime draw last Saturday. The Eagles will face Green Mountain on Saturday before traveling to Castleton Sunday.

Leah Hibbad leads the conference in points (39) and assists (seven), while ranking second in goals with 16. In seven conference matches, Hibbad has 10 goals and five assists for 25 total points. Morgan Craver has 14 points on six goals and two assists, while Taylor Fortin has 12 points on four goals and four assists. The Eagles are second behind Castleton with 37 goals on the season and average 3.08 goals per game.

Sam Ireland has anchored Husson in goal with 12 starts and a 6-4-1 overall record. Ireland has a .774 save percentage to go with a 1.70 goals-against average and two shutouts. She is 5-1-1 in conference action and is coming off a nine-save performance in the double-overtime scoreless draw against New England College.

The Spartans and Eagles battled to a 2-2, double-overtime draw last October at Boucher Field. Castleton last defeated Husson in 2015 by a final score of 4-1 at home.