Crusaders Fall to No. 2 Kenyon

Senior midfielder R.G. Florey. (Jeff Mills photo).
Senior midfielder R.G. Florey. (Jeff Mills photo).

 

COLUMBUS - The Capital University men's soccer team fell, 5-1, against No. 2 nationally ranked Kenyon College on Tuesday evening at Bernlohr Stadium.

In the first half of action, the Crusaders earned a penalty kick just 14 minutes into play, as freshman forward Calvin Saunders (Clemmons, N.C.) was pushed down in the penalty box by a pair of Kenyon defenders.

Senior midfielder R.G. Florey (Westerville, Ohio) took the penalty kick for Capital, netting his shot into the top right corner, giving the Lords' goalkeeper no chance of saving the shot.

In the 32nd minute, the Lords evened the score at one goal apiece, scoring off a shot just inside the box past the diving reach of freshman goalkeeper Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio).

The score remained 1-1 heading into halftime, as Kenyon led the game with nine shots to Capital's four, while the Crusaders trailed the Lords just 5-3 in shots on goal.

As the second of play unfolded, the Lords took their first lead of the game in the 48th minute, scoring off a pass just inside the box.

With Kenyon in the lead at 2-1, the Crusaders surrendered another goal to the Lords in the 63rd minute, coming off a loose ball in the box. Kenyon managed to tack on two more goals over the final 27 minutes of play, eventually posting a four goal victory.

Leading the way for the Crusaders was Florey, who tallied his third goal of the season off the first half penalty kick.

Freshman forward Calvin Saunders (Clemmons, N.C.) led Capital with three total shots, while sophomore midfielder Zach Matheny (Powell, Ohio) followed with two shots.

In total, the Crusaders totaled three of their nine shots on goal for the contest.

With the loss, Capital (4-4 overall) is now set to host Ohio Wesleyan on Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.