WORCESTER, Mass. –The Castleton University men's soccer team fell to Clark University, 2-1, in the Spartans season-opening game on Friday afternoon.
Freshman Jacob Henderson scored on a corner kick at the 17:44 mark of the opening half for the Rutland, Vermont native's first-career goal. Henderson slipped a header past Cougar goalkeeper, Melvin Vincent, on a corner kick put in by senior Colby Gay to give the Spartans a 1-0 advantage.
Applying pressure throughout the first half, Castleton nearly missed grabbing a 2-0 lead when Jack Kingdon rung a free kick from just outside of the box off the crossbar. Kingdon was active throughout the match in the offensive zone as he led all players with seven shots and five on target.
Despite getting outshot by a total of 29-16, Castleton put 13 shots on goal compared to Clark's eight. Vincent turned aside 12 shots to pick up the win. Alex Fernald took the loss and made six saves.
Clark tied it at one with 14:08 remaining in the first half with a left-footed strike from Alex Maiorano from 23 yards after stepping to the middle and striking back to the right side of the goal. Charlie Lane picked up the assist after delivering the cross.
Sean Munroe gave Clark the lead for good at the 59:14 mark. Directly off a Cougar corner kick, Fernald stopped a header, but Munroe corralled the rebound and sent it in to put Clark on top.
The Cougars controlled the majority of play through the end of regulation. A late flourish from the Spartan offense came up empty highlighted by a Kingdon free kick with just over one minute remaining driven over the net-mount.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, September 7 on the road at Rensselaer.