Crusaders’ Opener Spoiled with OT Loss

Capital's men's soccer team suffered its second OAC loss on Tuesday night at Wilmington. (Jeff Mills photo)
Capital's men's soccer team suffered its second OAC loss on Tuesday night at Wilmington. (Jeff Mills photo)

MARYVILLE, Tenn.  – The Capital University men's soccer team opened its season a day later than expected at the Maryville College Invitational, but fell in Sunday's contest against Randolph College (Va.). The decision went to the Wildcats after they scored the golden goal in overtime for the 1-0 victory over Capital.

Despite wet conditions that plagued the area all weekend long, the Crusaders (0-1-0) fought valiantly and forced a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation. Junior Kevin Fikar (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) kept the goal clean through regulation for Capital, making a pair of saves in a losing effort.

Randolph (1-0-1) scored the game-winning goal 10 minutes into the first overtime session off of a set piece. Kyle Unruh received a lofted ball and headed it past Fikar to end the game in the 97th minute.

Capital limited the Wildcats' scoring chances in the first half, holding Randolph to just one shot attempt in the opening forty-five.  The Wildcats came back with eight shots in the second half, though only one found its way on goal. They held a one-shot advantage over the Crusaders for the match.

Freshman Calvin Saunders (Clemmons, N.C.) provided Capital's biggest scoring threat, putting three shots in the air, two of which were on target.

With their overtime victory, Randolph is now unbeaten in their last 13 regular season overtime contests, dating back to the 2011 season.

Sunday marked Capital's first match of the season after Saturday's match was cancelled due to lightning storms that delayed contests well into the night.

Capital's next action will be at the Hiram College Tournament where they will play Carnegie Mellon University on Friday, Sept. 5 and either St. John's Fisher College or Hiram on Saturday, Sept. 6. Kickoff on Friday is set for 5 p.m.