CASTLETON, Vt. – Using a balanced scoring attack and notching four goals in each half, Clark University defeated the Castleton University men's soccer team 8-1 on Friday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Following the season-opening contest, Castleton is 0-1, while Clark moves to 1-0.
Down 2-0 in the 34th minute, Seraphin Iradukunda continued right where he left off of his freshman campaign in 2017. After scoring 14 goals for Castleton and earning North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year honors, the sophomore forward tallied his first of the new season. Iradukunda used fancy footwork, slipping between defenders before corralling a beautiful pass from Colby Gay and putting in the back of the net.
The visiting Cougars came out of the opening whistle hot with an aggressive game plan, leading to a goal just shy of the four-minute mark. Sean Munroe dribbled to the right of the goal, took a step in front, beat the goalie and scored.
Castleton attempted to fight off the Clark attack, which was responsible for four fouls in the first 10 minutes, but the Cougars adjusted. Notching the eventual game-winner, Jonathan Guilherme laced the ball between Spartan defenders, which took a carom off a defender and snuck inside the far post.
While the Spartans were only able to put one ball in the goal, they remained persistent. Castleton tallied 19 shots and took nine corner kicks while committing only five fouls. On the other side, Clark was responsible for 16 shots, two corner kicks and 11 fouls.
Alex Fernald started in the goal for Castleton and was charged with the loss after surrendering six goals in 54:25 of play. Ryan McKay entered the contest in relief allowing two scores in 35:35, while stopping one shot. For Clark, Melvin Vincent played the entire match, making nine saves on 10 shots.
Castleton (0-1) will return to the pitch at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as it hosts Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in a nonconference battle.
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