COLUMBUS – The Capital University men's soccer team came up short against John Carroll on Saturday, falling 3-2 in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Bernlohr Stadium
Capital (9-6-1 overall, 4-2-1 OAC) opened up the game with its first score in the 10th minute, as junior defender Alexander Basiakos (Hilliard, Ohio) found sophomore forward Cheyn Roux (Davidson, N.C.) for his fifth goal of the season.
Nearly 30 minutes passed before John Carroll managed to post three goals in the final six minutes of the opening half, taking a 3-1 lead over the Crusaders at halftime.
At the break, the Crusaders trailed the Blue Streaks 10-5 in shots, while Capital managed to tally two of its five shots on goal.
Just under fifteen minutes into the second half, senior forward Bobby Atkin (LaGrange, Ky.) unloaded a one touch shot in the box off an assist from classmate and midfielder R.G. Florey (Westerville, Ohio), cutting Capital's deficit to 3-2 with 32 minutes remaining in the game.
Both teams continued their physical style of play throughout the remaining part of the second period, as a total of 14 fouls were called between the two squads on the afternoon.
Capital managed to strike for five total shots over the final 24 minutes of action, having multiple times just missed tying the score down the stretch.
Freshman goalkeeper Trevor Funk (Dublin, Ohio) played a key role in the second half in helping stifle the Blue Streaks offense, saving a pair of crucial shots taken by John Carroll midway through the final half of play.
With the loss, the Crusaders slate of home regular season games for their 2014 campaign is now complete, as are the home regular season contests for seniors Bobby Atkin, Austin Dent and R.G. Florey.
As of Oct. 25, 2014, Capital has recorded 36 wins overall, including 17 OAC victories, since the beginning of the 2011 season.
The Crusaders next scheduled game is for Oct. 28 at Heidelberg. First kick is set for 4 p.m. in Tiffin, Ohio.