Booth Boosts Crusaders to 1-0 Win in Home Opener

Defender Hunter Booth earned OAC Player of the Week honors on Nov. 4 after tallying the game-winning goal against Marietta.
Defender Hunter Booth earned OAC Player of the Week honors on Nov. 4 after tallying the game-winning goal against Marietta.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An early goal by Hunter Booth made all the difference in the Capital University men's soccer team's 1-0 victory over Waynesburg University, Friday afternoon. Using their speed and a pressurized offense, the Crusaders improved their overall record to 2-2-0 on the season.

From the beginning, Capital gained control of the match and kept the ball in the Yellow Jackets' zone for much of the first half. Despite the pressure and up-tempo play, the Crusaders' goal came off of a set piece that resulted from a blocked down shot attempt.

The play was set up by Alex Baret (Ocoee, Fla.) who took the corner kick from the far side of the field. Lofting it up toward the near post, Booth (Liberty Township, Ohio) positioned himself within a pocket of defenders and then launched himself upward where he headed the ball into the upper-right corner of the cage. The goal, which was scored in the 10th minute, was Booth's first and the first by a Capital defender, this season.

Waynesburg (1-3-2) had its chances and one not too distant from Capital's goal. In the 21st minute, the Yellow Jackets brought the ball up field off of a Crusaders turnover. Brio Davis pitched the ball toward the goal and the deflection came out to Nick Brommer. Brommer promptly put a foot on it, but the Capital defense came through again and blocked it down before reaching goalkeeper Kevin Fikar.

Capital held control of the ball for nearly the entire first half, though the final five minutes featured much penetration by the Waynesburg offense. Despite this, the Crusaders held true and took the one-goal advantage into the half.

Waynesburg was able to put just one shot on goal in regulation, giving freshman Trevor Funk his first collegiate save. Funk started the second half to relieve Fikar, who earned the decision.

The Crusaders displayed its dominance on offense by outshooting Waynesburg 20-6 during the match, putting 11 of their attempts on goal.

Capital has now won their last two matches, both by shutout. They hit the road for their next match against Case Western Reserve University this Sunday at 3:30 p.m.