DANBURY, Conn. – Rebounding from a slow start, the Castleton University women's soccer team scored late and kept the host Western Connecticut State University Colonials off of the board over the final 72-plus minutes in its 5-1 loss on Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Falling in its first-ever Little East Conference contest, Castleton drops to 2-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in league action. Western Connecticut improves to 2-4-0 and 1-0-0.
Castleton fell behind early due to aggressive play on the part of Western Connecticut as the home team tallied three goals in less than three minutes. Yet, it was a tale of two teams for the Spartans.
Down 5-0 through 18 minutes of play, Castleton hunkered down and put a dazzling display on defense. Allowing seven shots early on, the squad surrendered just six the rest of the way, without giving up a score. Slowing the Colonials scorching pace, the Spartans kept the ball away from its defensive zone for much of the remainder.
Castleton goalie Loren Henderson rejected all three shots she faced after the final WestConn score. The sophomore keeper played all 90 minutes and made four total saves.
Notching Castleton's lone score in the match, Kaitie Sanders – in the 68th minute – scored off of a free kick from about 30 yards out. It was her first goal of the 2018 campaign.
Women's soccer looks to bounce back at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as it hosts New England College in a nonconference match at Dave Wolk Stadium.
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