Crusaders Battled but Fall Short to Spartans

Crusaders Battled but Fall Short to Spartans
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team engaged in a nonconference match with Case Western Reserve University on Sunday afternoon, but fell to the Spartans. The Crusaders made it close but ultimately were unable to overcome a two-goal deficit at the end of the first half.


Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio / Centerville) was battled tested the entire length of his collegiate debut and amassed seven saves through 90 minutes. Toward the latter half of the last third, he made two key saves and multiple reads to cut off potential scoring opportunities for the Spartans.

The Crusaders (2-3-0) surrendered their first goal in the 29th minute when Matthew Zembas scored his third goal of the season shortly after a Capital substitution. Chris Cvecko was credited with the assist.

The deficit doubled when Case Western (4-1-0) was the beneficiary of a penalty kick. Cvecko entered the scoring column for the second time on the day by converting the opportunity for his second goal of the season.

Coming out of the locker room, the Spartans tried to create more distance but Niswonger stopped them in their tracks with two saves out of the gate. Nearly 20 minutes into the second half, Calvin Saunders halved the Spartans' lead with his second goal of the season. Curtis Baker was given the assist for his first point of the season.

Chances were hard to come by following the Crusaders' goal and the Case Western defense clamped down to salvage the lead and send Capital home with its third loss of the season.

Though Capital held the advantage in corner kicks with seven, six coming in the first half, they were also marked up for 13 fouls, one of which set up the penalty kick that ended up being the deciding goal.

The Crusaders will rally back at Bernlohr Stadium against The College of Wooster on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.