By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Men's Soccer (5-2) was scoreless for the first 43 minutes of the match and the final 43 but a flurry of goals just before and right after halftime were more than enough to give the Crusaders a 3-1 win on Wednesday against the College of Wooster (4-4).
After neither side was able to gain any sizeable advantage in the first 43 minutes of the game, Capital broke through with the first goal of the match in the 44th minute. After a ball was deflected out of bounds by Wooster, Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) launched a throw into the box. For the second time this season, Hunter Stiger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) leapt and headed the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal to give Cap a 1-0 lead just before halftime.
Just after play resumed in the second, Capital was able to get a breakaway in the middle of the field. Daniel Bundschuh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) controlled the ball and sliced through the middle of Wooster's defense before passing the ball off to the left to Luke Morais (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South). Morais then calmly sent the ball across the goal and into the far right corner.
Less than 30 seconds after that, the Fighting Scots got on the scoreboard on a penalty shot. Wooster was awarded the penalty shot after one of its players was tackled inside the box. Max Rochester sent the ensuing shot home and made the score 2-1.
Less than a minute after the Scots pulled within one, Capital got an insurance goal from Brandon Woo (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson). After controlling the ball in the offensive zone, Matt Scheper (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day) sent a cross into the box that met Woo on the far side of the goal.
For the game, Capital outshot the Fighting Scots 13-9 and held a 5-2 advantage in corners.
Senior goalkeeper Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) made two saves and improved his record to 5-2.
The Crusaders are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 23 when they hit the road to play Thomas More College (Ky.). That game is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m.