By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – After being tied at one goal a side after 110 minutes of open play, Capital University Men's Soccer is moving on to the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship after defeating John Carroll University in penalty kicks.
Trevor Collins took the first penalty shot and converted to the bottom right corner while John Carroll's first was stopped by Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville). Chewy Gordon's shot was blasted into the center of the net on the second attempt but Wes Coleman (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) missed the third. John Carroll made their second two shots to tie it at 2-2. Daniel Bundschuh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) then made his attempt while John Carroll's shot was stopped by Niswonger. With victory only one successful attempt away, Jamie Robson (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Canal Winchester) stepped to the spot and buried it into the right side of the goal over the keeper's outstretched arms and Capital won the shootout 4-2.
With the win, Capital (12-6-2, 5-3-1 OAC) advances to its first OAC title game since winning the championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2009.
The Blue Streaks (15-2-2, 7-2-0 OAC) started the match with the lead after they struck in the 10th minute with a goal from Jesse Marinaro, his ninth of the season.
Capital tied the game in the 73rd minute when Coleman converted a shot off a pass from Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich./Oxford). Coleman had just subbed into the game in the 71st minute.
John Carroll outshot Capital 19-15 in the match, including 4-0 in the first overtime period. Each team took two shots in the second overtime.
Niswonger made five saves in the match, not including the stops he made in the shootout. JCU keeper Liam McIntosh made 9 saves.
The Crusaders will now play Otterbein University at Otterbein after the Cardinals defeated Marietta College 2-1. The Cardinals did not lose in the OAC regular season and are 16-2-0 overall. The OAC Championship will kick off at 7 p.m.