MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Castleton University men's soccer squad dropped a 7-1 non-conference match at Middlebury on Sunday.
Junior Alex Fernald made a career-high 12 saves and senior Jack Kingdon scored the lone Spartan goal in the 60th minute on a penalty kick. Kingdon's sixth goal of the season moved him into a tie for second place on the Little East Conference (LEC) leaderboard.
Middlebury was led offensively by Jacob LaBranche, who scored twice. Brandon Reid and Liam Sloan each registered a goal and an assist. Also, Shams Mohajerani, Behaylu Barry, and Noah Hannam scored one goal apiece. Max Drazen also pitched in with a pair of helpers for Middlebury (4-0-2).
The Panthers cracked the scoreboard at the 14:09 mark and later scored three times over a 13:19 span to take a 4-0 lead into the half. Reid's unassisted goal 8:53 into the second half made it 5-0. Then, Kingdon put Castleton on the board at the 59:14 mark after a Middlebury foul in the box warranted a penalty kick.
The Panthers scored two goals in the 61st and 77th minute to complete the scoring.
Ryan Grady and Marco Kaper combined for three saves in goal for Middlebury. The Panthers out-shot the Spartans, 35-7. Ben Stewart had a team-high four shots with two on goal for Castleton (2-6-0).
Castleton returns to action on Saturday, September 28 on the road at Southern Maine to pick up Little East Conference (LEC) action.