By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WOOSTER, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer played 90 minutes of regulation without a goal from either side on Saturday and looked to be heading that way on Wednesday against the College of Wooster. Thankfully for the Crusaders, one of the team's newcomers came on to score the deciding goal late in the match to defeat the Fighting Scots 1-0.
With less than 10 minutes to play in the contest, Capital had been building attacking momentum throughout the second half and wearing down the Wooster defense. After getting outshot in the first half and the beginning stages of the second, Capital's attack-minded players showed their strength and endurance by continuing to push forward while the Crusader defense prevented Wooster from getting as many shots away.
The strategy paid off with 10:48 left on the clock as freshman Sam Spirk netted the winning goal. With the Crusaders probing forward on the far side of the pitch, Spirk was able to slip through the defense and receive a perfectly placed ball from Chewy Gordon. Spirk then directed his shot past Wooster's keeper for what ended up as the game-winning goal. The strike was Spirk's second goal of the year and gave Gordon, more known for scoring himself, his first assist of the season.
The Scots were not able to get another shot off as the Capital defense clamped down in the final 10 minutes to preserve the one-goal lead.
The first half produced a goalless 45 minutes and only three total shots on goal, all belonging to Wooster. Capital jumped out to a 6-1 lead in shots taken early but the Scots quickly caught up and ended up with a 10-8 advantage in first-half shots. By the end of the match though, the Crusaders took a 17-15 lead in shots during the second-half flurry that led to the goal.
Fresh off of being named Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, senior keeper Logan Wiedman made six saves in another clean sheet, his third of the season and third shutout in the past four matches.
With the win, Capital improves to 5-1 overall. The Crusaders will play in Bernlohr Stadium for the first time in two weeks on Saturday, Sept. 22 when they host Thomas More College (Ky.) for their next match. Kickoff under the lights is scheduled for 7 p.m.