CASTLETON, Vt. -- No. 5 seed Husson scored an early goal and the defense did the rest as they held the conference’s top offense scoreless for the shocking 1-0 upset against No. 1 seed Castleon State Wednesday.

The Eagles came into the game as the underdog, but got an outstanding defensive effort from their entire team, highlighted by goalie Kristen Capen. Capen was a rock in the net, turning away 16 Castleton shots and withstanding 25 corners. Husson, on the other hand, only managed 10 shots and two corners.

The visiting Eagles got their goal early, scoring just 4:44 into the contest. Junior Kara Poireir passed to sophomore Sabrina Vaillancourt in front of the net and she found the back of the cage for the 1-0 lead.

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The Spartans pressured Capen for the remainder of the half but the senior stoned Castleton to the tune of 12 first-half saves. Senior Bridget Dusha also was tough in net with five stops of her own.

Early in the second half it looked like the Spartans might score the equalizer as sophomore Rachel Preusser’s one-timer went just wide of the net.

Castleton got another break with just 6:51 remaining as a Husson defender received a yellow card for a repeat offense of leaving too early on a penalty corner. With the five-minute man advantage, the Spartans turned up the pressure with numerous corners and shots. However, they came up empty and Husson was able to withstand one final flourish in the last minute to preserve the victory.

Dusha finished the game with seven saves overall as the Spartans ended their season with a 12-8 record overall.