PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Steady offensive output, coupled with Loren Henderson's 12 saves led the Castleton University women's soccer team past host Rhode Island College – 4-2 – at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans put a stop to their brief skid and improve to 3-5-0 overall and 1-1-0 in LEC action. Rhode Island College falls to 3-5-0 and 1-1-0.
Capitalizing on early opportunities and pace, Castleton scored early and did not look back. Just 1:17 into the match, Taylor Mann and Julia Carone connected as they have on multiple occasions in 2018. The latter found Mann racing down the field before she sent the ball past the RIC keeper.
Makenzi Bellando extended the Spartan lead in the 26th minute, making it 2-0 off a through pass from Kaitie Sanders. Following an RIC goal just after the half, which cut the Spartan lead in half, Bellando executed once more. Natasha Silva found her teammate for her third goal of the season.
Adding an insurance score, Rylee Nichols notched her fourth score of the year, taking the ball herself in the 65th minute. The extra score put the contest out of reach, despite a late effort by RIC.
Loren Henderson put on a masterful performance in goal for the Spartans, recording a career-high 12 saves. The sophomore keeper knocked away more than half of the home team's attempts, giving Castleton an opportunity to come away with the win.
Women's soccer returns to action under the lights of Dave Wolk Stadium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening as it hosts UMass Boston in Little East competition.
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