MARIETTA, Ohio – Six different Crusaders recorded a goal in Capital University men's soccer's demonstrative 6-3 victory over Marietta College on Tuesday night. The win improves Capital's Ohio Athletic Conference record to 4-1-1 on the year.
Scoring happened early and often at Marietta Field with the first goal coming less than three minutes into the contest, and two more added before the six-minute mark. Capital's Josh McDaniel (Cincinnati, Ohio) started the afternoon's scoring effort with a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that hit inside the upper-left corner of the Pioneer cage.
Marietta quickly tied it up with a goal from Andy Rolfes, but the tie soon vanished with quick a quick response by Calvin Saunders (Winston Salem, N.C.) in the sixth minute. The goal increased his team-leading goal count to seven on the season. The assist went to an unlikely source, goalkeeper Justin Niswonger, who played the ball upfield to set up the score.
With a flurry of goals early, the lull of 22 minutes of scoreless play seemed like forever, but the Crusaders broke up the monotony with a goal in the 24th minute and two goals in the 35th minute of play. Jacob Pulliam (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) and Mario Suarez (Strongsville, Ohio) each scored their second goals of the season. It was Suarez's goal that eventually proved to be the game-winner that afternoon. Freshman Sheldon Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) added the third goal in that nine-minute span, connecting on a penalty kick.
Senior Tyler Washington (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) then added his second goal of the season, bringing Capital's goal total to six before halftime. It was more than enough to sustain the win, and allowed freshman Logan Wiedman an opportunity to man the posts for Capital in the second half.
Marietta (8-8-0, 3-3-0 OAC) added two scored in a five-minute timeframe during the second half, but feel quite short of any sort of comeback.
Capital will take its show on the road this Saturday for another OAC showdown versus John Carroll University in University Heights.