Crusaders Overcome Injuries to Defeat Quakers, 2-1

Crusaders Overcome Injuries to Defeat Quakers, 2-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team was in action Wednesday night against Wilmington College at Bernlohr Stadium. The Crusaders erased an early deficit to defeat the Quakers, 2-1, while tending to slim numbers on the defensive front.

The Crusaders fell behind early after Wilmington scored in the sixth minute. That lead lasted but 10 minutes before Capital lit up their side of the scoreboard for the first time.

Capital answered in the when freshman Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) scored after taking the ball into the box and juking the Wilmington keeper, causing him to fall and leaving Gordon a wide open net . From there, he placed a strong left-footed shot into the back of the net, making the score 1-1.

Vying for the lead with an aggressive offensive attack, the Crusaders witnessed one of the prettiest goals of the season that also put them on top. Inside the final five minutes of the first half, senior Mario Suarez (Strongsville, Ohio) put forth a world-class strike, shooting the ball from the left side of the box and bending the shot around the keeper into the right side of the net, giving the Crusaders 2-1 lead going into the half. For Suarez, it was his first goal of the season.

The defense came up big despite having an injury-plagued back line, holding Wilmington to only 10 shots even without two of its top starting defensemen. Sophomore Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio) saved 75 percent of shots on goal against him, improving his record to 4-2-1 on the season.

The Crusaders (5-7-1, 3-0-1 OAC) will be back in action again at Bernlohr Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 17 against Ohio Northern University at 2 p.m.