KEENE, N.H. – The Castleton University men's soccer team surrendered three first-half goals en route to a 3-1 loss on the road at Keene State on Wednesday.
Senior Jack Kingdon scored on a penalty kick at the 50:56 mark, but it was not enough as the comeback attempt was snuffed out at that point. Kingdon stretched his goal streak to three straight games and has now scored at least once in seven of his previous eight outings.
The Spartans drop to 3-7-0 (1-2-0 LEC) while the Owls improve to 8-2-0 overall and 2-0-0 in Little East Conference (LEC) play.
Henry Cummings made it 1-0 for the hosts just prior to the six-minute mark with a left-footed strike from inside the with an assist from Emmanuel Smith.
Then, Smith scored himself at the 22:44 mark to make it 2-0 for the hosts. He got a pass from LJ Luster and deposited it into right side of the net with the left food.
With 11:01 to play in the first half, Josue Assantha found the net with a cross-body shot off the right food from about 28 yards.
Castleton keeper Alex Fernald made a stop, one of four on the evening to kick off the second half followed by continued pressure by the Spartans. Jacob Henderson had his scoring opportunity vanquished by Owl goalie Anthony Pasciuto. Kingdon later cashed in on the PK after the Spartans drew a pair of fouls.
Keene State committed 21 fouls in the physical match as compared to Castleton's six. The Spartans also held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks. The Owls were handed a pair of yellow cards in the 75th minute, where the Spartans were also shown a yellow.
Castleton returns to action on Saturday when it will host Rhode Island College in LEC action at Dave Wolk Stadium at 2 p.m.