Suarez Saves the Day with Double OT Winner

Suarez Saves the Day with Double OT Winner
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Drama hit its height at the end of regulation between the Capital men's soccer team and the Transylvania University Pioneers. After taking a 1-1 tie into double overtime, Mario Suarez hit the game winner for its first overtime victory of the year.

Suarez's first goal of the season came at a perfect time when in the 103rd minute of the match he benefitted from a long ball from goalkeeper Justin Niswonger and completed the run to the cage for the win.

Capital (5-3-0) actually held the lead heading into the final minutes of regulation, but the Pioneers' Tate Spivey sent in the equalizer against Niswonger to force overtime.  Trevor Funk got the start for the Crusaders but gave way to Niswonger at the start of the second half.

Despite the late goal, Capital held the advantage in shot attempts through 90 minutes of play, 15-11. The Crusaders took two more shots over each of the two 10-minute overtime sessions, the second ending the contest in Capital's favor. The Crusaders' defense kept the Pioneers from putting on a single attempt in the 13 minutes of overtime played.

Jacob Pulliam scored the first goal of the match in the 36th minute to give Capital the edge heading into the locker room. It was the sophomore's first tally of the year and second of his career.

Capital has now won four of its last five matches heading into its highest-ranked opponent yet this season, and possibly of the year. On Tuesday, Sept. 23 the Crusaders will host the No. 2 team in the nation, the Kenyon College Lords. Last year, the Lords surprised the soccer world by advancing to the Sweet 16 after receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Kickoff between the Lords and Crusaders is set for 4:00 p.m. from Bernlohr Stadium.