NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men's soccer team defeated Castleton University 3-1 on Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.
Norwich (4-1-1, 0-0-1 GNAC) scored two late goals in the first half and then added another in the second half to pick up the intrastate state showdown victory and improve to 21-20-7 against the Spartans all-time.
Freshman goalkeeper Robert Wagenseller (Poway, Calif.) made five saves, including stopping a penalty kick to improve to 4-1-1 on the season.
Norwich dominated the shots and possession for a large portion of the first half and finally was able to convert in the 41st minute with Lortie striking a ball into the left corner off the net off a deflected pass from Julius Davis (Peabody, Mass.). The goal was Lortie's first of his collegiate career and the assist was Davis' second of the season.
Thongsythavong scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season with 31 seconds left on a header off a service from the far side from Dashiell Vermilya (Montpelier, Vt.).
In the 65th minute Castleton (2-4-0) cut into Norwich's lead with Jack Kingdon scoring on a penalty kick, beating Wagenseller to the left after the Cadets' keeper dove right.
Norwich answered just 1:11 later though Kalombo scoring his third goal of the season, heading home a free-kick service from 50 yards out by Alex Brannan (Oneonta, N.Y.). The assist was also Brannan's team-leading fifth helper of the year.
Castleton nearly cut the deficit to one-goal again in the 74th minute but Noah Swainbank was denied by a team save from Vermilya on the near post to keep the score at 3-1.
Norwich will host Emmanuel (Mass.) on Friday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. to kickoff Norwich's Bicentennial and Homecoming Weekend on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.