Rutherford pots only Panther goal
CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton State College scored three second half goals Saturday afternoon en route a 3-1 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference men's soccer action.
The win marks Castleton's first victory of 2014 and improves the record to 1-4 on the season. PSU drops to 1-3. Vinny Addonisio, Justin Hepburn and Spencer Dandurand provided the goals for the Spartans in the win.
Freshman Nick Rutherford (Batesman Bay, New South Wales) scored the only goal for the Panthers, giving him three in PSU's last two games.
PSU started the match off strong, holding possession and putting the Castleton defense on their back heels. The Panthers had their first chance of the game in the fifth minute when Rutherford's shot forced Castleton's keeper Dan Palker to make his first save of the match.
Plymouth State grabbed its first lead of the game in the 11th minute of the match. Senior Christian Bua (Gilford, N.H.) found Rutherford open in the box, and the freshman forward knocked the ball into the bottom right corner of the net to give the Panthers a one-goal advantage.
The Spartans had opportunity after opportunity, taking nine shots in the first half, and forcing Panther keeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) into making four saves, but they couldn't find the equalizer.
Out of the break, the Panthers started the half by pushing the ball forward in attack, looking to increase their one-goal lead. In the 47th, they nearly did when a defensive lapse by the Spartans led to Ted Karlstrand (Halmstad, Sweden) receiving the ball right in front of an open net, but his shot went just wide of the post.
Castleton was able to respond to Plymouth's first half goal in the 53rd minute. Bryce Kaler passed the ball over the top to Addonisio, who dribbled by a defender and finished the ball into the back of the net to tie the match up at 1-1.
The Spartans had an opportunity to grab their first lead of the game in the 63rd minute when Justin Hepburn placed a perfect through ball to Jake Tietgens, who dribbled around the keeper to get an open net. However, the junior's shot went just wide. Just five minutes after that miss, Castleton took its first lead of the game, 2-1, whenHepburn's shot from outside of the box deflected off a defender and into the net.
The Spartans doubled their lead in the 78th minute when Dandurand notched his second goal of the campaign. Tietgens provided a through ball up the middle, finding a sprinting Dandurand who chipped the ball over the keeper to extend Castleton's lead to 3-1.
PSU is right back into action Sunday with a non-conference game against Bridgewater State University at The New Hampton School (4:00 p.m.). The Spartans return to action next Saturday when they host Lyndon State. at 7 pm for the opening conference match of the season.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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