By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer played the second game of the Capital-Ohio Wesleyan University doubleheader on Wednesday night but unfortunately for the Crusaders, a couple of early miscues proved too much to overcome as OWU pulled away with a 3-0 win.
Both teams enjoyed periods of possession for the opening 30 minutes with each team getting off four shots and each team playing stout defense. The first breakthrough though came for the Battling Bishops in the 38th minute when a defensive miscommunication led to a breakdown and open net.
With OWU on the break, Capital had a chance to clear via a defender or keeper Logan Wiedman (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) as Wiedman came out of the goal to attempt the clearance at the edge of the box. However, the senior and defender collided and neither controlled the ball. OWU's Hector Gomez was there to pick it up and shot it into the open net to give the Bishops the lead.
Ohio Wesleyan doubled the lead three minutes later when an attempted cross was headed by a Capital defender but into his own net.
In the first half, Ohio Wesleyan took six shots and Capital took five. Just after the break though, the Crusaders were able to get two attempts at goal within two minutes with shots from Jamie Robson (Canal Winchester, Ohio / Canal Winchester) and Daniel Bundschuh (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills). Both were blocked. From that point on, Capital only took one more shot as OWU's defense clamped down and controlled possession for much of the remainder of the game.
The final goal came in the 67th minute off the foot of Brady Whittekind after Dom Calabrese found him on the counter attack, passed the ball across Capital's box and right into Whittekind's path. Capital's last effort at goal was a blocked shot from Sam Spirk (Wilmington, Ohio / Wilmington) in the 81st minute.
Capital finished the game with eight shots though none were on goal. Wiedman made five saves against the three scores and OWU took five corners to Capital's one.
The Crusaders will now head into Ohio Athletic Conference play on Saturday with a 6-2 overall record and a date at Baldwin Wallace University to get the conference season started. The Crusaders and Yellow Jackets will meet at 7 p.m. in George Finnie Stadium in Berea on Sept. 29.