Castleton, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's soccer team hung in throughout the first half of Tuesday's non-conference matchup and trailed only 1-0 at halftime. Unfortunately for the Hornets, Castleton was able to errupt for five second half goals on the way to a 6-0 win. The Spartans improve to 1-1 on the season, while the Hornets fall to 0-2.
In the early he Hornets displayed some stiff defense and solid goalkeeping from Caleb Derbyshire (Barton, VT), who turned away several Castleton scoring opportunities. The Spartans finally drew blood at the 20:26 mark when Seraphin Iradukunda found the back of the net from just inside the box. Meanwhile, Lyndon struggled to get much going on offense. The Hornets had their best scoring opportunity at the 31:16 mark, but Castleton goalkeeper Ryan McKay turned away Lyndon's William Martin (Sherborn, MA). Lyndon continued to battle defensively, however, and the score remained only 1-0 at halftime despite the Spartans having a 20-1 shot advantage in the opening half.
Castleton opened up breathing room with a pair of goals just 21 seconds apart in the 55th minute. First Rida Kori scored on a breakaway, then Colby Gay found the net, to make it 3-0, Spartans. Sean Springer added another goal three minutes later, and Castleton tacked on two more goals to account for the final score.
Castleton outshot Lyndon 40-1 for the contest. Derbyshire made seven saves before being relieved by Dennis Farnham III (Orono, ME). Farnham also recorded a pair of stops. McCay was only called upon to make one save in recording the clean sheet.
The Hornets will return to the pitch this weekend when they travel to Southern Vermont College for the LINAO Mountaineer Invitational. On Saturday, Lyndon will face the host Mountaineers at 2:00 pm. The consolation and championship games will be played at noon and 2:30 pm respectively on Sunday. Northern Vermont University-Johnson and Curry College complete the field.