CASTLETON, Vt. – The Husson University men's soccer team played a man down for 65 minutes and was defeated by Castleton University, 4-0, in North Atlantic Conference action on Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton (10-6-2, 8-0-1) created the better chances in the opening exchange and were the first to score, off of a set play.
After a Husson defensive foul in the box, Thomas Kirk doubled the Spartans' lead in the 23rd minute with a penalty-kick goal.
Cody Gross made tremendous efforts on both of the set pieces, but the top team in the conference took advantage.
Just over two minutes later, Seraphin Iradukunda scored to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead at the half.
Husson remained compact and organized with Miguel Caballero, Saker Ghanayem, and Rod Ghanayem working tirelessly to create opportunities and might have scored if not for some great stops by the Castleton keeper. However, the Spartans killed the game with a fourth goal.
Husson (8-7, 5-4 NAC) tallied four shots on the afternoon and was led by Spencer Miranda who had two shots on goal.
Cody Gross fell to 6-6 in goal for the Eagles with three saves in over 79 minutes. Two of the goals he allowed came off set pieces. Kyle Towsend played the final 10-plus minutes in goal for Husson and did not make a save. For Castleton, Aaron Parker improved to 10-6-2 overall on the season with the win.
Castleton held an advantage in shots, 17-9. The Spartans won the battle in corner kicks, 4-2, while fouls finished eight apiece.
Coach Gavin Penny had to say about the match:
"I have nothing but positive words for my players today. I thought we were outstanding. Particularly having to play a man down against the team top of the league for 70 minutes. Before they scored their 2nd goal I thought we were the better side and created better opportunities if I'm being honest. Their first and second goals came from set pieces, not from open play. Even with a man advantage I think they struggled to break us down. I'm proud of these guys for digging in and keeping the score respectable. We'd love to have another crack at them. For now we are excited to get another chance against NEC next weekend".
The Eagles will travel to New England College on Sunday, October 29, for the quarterfinal round of the NAC tournament.