Castleton tops SVC in Soccer Series

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MANCHESTER — The second game of the second-annual Manchester Soccer Series was held at Applejack Stadium on Tuesday night, an exhibition between Castleton University and Southern Vermont College women, a lightning-shortened game that Castleton won 1-0.

Both teams have had only a handful of practices this early in the season, but SVC head coach Michael Zauzig is excited to see his team out there competing.

"Any athlete wants to compete," Zauzig said. "They wanted to get out on the field and be aggressive out there, even though we have only had four practices so far. To come out and play at this unbelievable venue against quality players, quality coaching, it was absolutely tremendous."

The lone goal of the match came with 7:28 remaining as Castleton's Rachel Keefer slipped one past the Southern Vermont defense. Outside of the single goal, the scrimmage featured two stout defenses.

"Castleton is all class," Zauzig said. "I liked our defensive shape. So far we have been working on what each player's rules and responsibilities are."

Zauzig added that he isn't a Bill Belichick fan, but he wants his team to have the same mind-set as the Patriots: Do your job.

"It is true, you have to do your job," Zauzig said. "We had a few defensive breakdowns, but it isn't anything we can't fix. I love the fact that my kids battled, worked hard, communicated, and made sure to have fun."

While this is the first time the Mountaineers have been a part of the Manchester Soccer Series, they are excited to be back on Sept. 7 to face off against Lyndon State in the first regular season game played as part of the Series.

"I've seen them in training, but we have some incoming players who can play well, to go along with quality returners." Zauzig said. "Our goalkeeper Melissa Mascari is very good, Molly Madore has also been very good for us over the last two last years and will be one of our captains this year."

The next game of the Soccer Series will take place on August 26, a men's game between Castleton and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with the exhibition game starting at 6 p.m.


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