BANGOR, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (1-1-2) and Castleton University (0-2-1) played to a 1-1 tie in the Adidas Challenge Cup on the campus of Husson University on Friday night.
All of the game's offense occurred in the final minute of regulation, as Castleton senior forward Seth Wilmott (Barre, Vt.) put the Spartans on the board – and ended a season-opening scoring drought of nearly 270 minutes – with a free kick strike at the 89:15 mark before Saint Joseph's sophomore defender Dalton Gaumer (Corona, Calif.) buried a penalty kick 30 seconds later.
St. Joe's sophomore Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) tallied a pair of saves in goal while his counterpart, Castleton junior Aaron Parker (Windsor, Vt.), totaled 10 stops in the deadlock.
1. 89:15 CSTMSOC Seth Wilmott (1) (unassisted)
Spartans drew a penalty just outside of the 18-yard box and Wilmott curled the ball around a wall of SJC defenders and off the crossbar into the goal
2. 89:45 SJMMS16 Dalton Gaumer (1) Penalty kick
Just 30 seconds later, the Monks were rewarded a penalty kick - after the Spartans were called for a handball in the box – and Gaumer delivered a shot to the low left corner
Saint Joseph's held a 20-7 shots advantage with an 11-3 lead in shots on goal. Both teams took three corner kicks in the stalemate.
With the result, Saint Joseph's is now 1-1-1 in the history of the series with Castleton University, a team the Monks had not faced, prior to today, since the 2001 campaign. St. Joe's is 26-40-2 all-time versus teams hailing from the state of Vermont.
Both teams resume play in the Adidas Challenge Cup tomorrow, when Saint Joseph's takes on tourney-host Husson University at 4:30 PM and Castleton faces Southern Maine in a 2:00 PM kick-off.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.