Crusaders Fall to Student Princes, 3-1

Crusaders Fall to Student Princes, 3-1

TIFFIN, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Heidelberg University, Tuesday afternoon. Two late goals in close proximity to one another helped the Student Princes break away and deliver the Crusaders their seventh loss of the season.

Calvin Saunders (Clemons, N.C.) scored his fifth goal of the season off of a corner kick taken by the Crusaders. After acquiring the ball, Saunders maneuvered his way into the penalty area and put in a nice strike that found the back of the net. The goal went unassisted and was scored in the 57th minute.

Heidelberg (9-6-3 overall, 5-2-1 OAC) scored two goals, both in the 67th minute, to pull away for the win. Ryan Homoki notched his third of the season after the ball was played to the back post and he was there to put it away. It served as the eventual game-winning goal, but the Student Princes tacked on one more to ensure victory.

Alexis Mendoza put in his second goal of the game just 19 seconds later by driving forward and striking the ball and going top shelf on Capital goalkeeper Justin Niswonger.

Mendoza put Heidelberg on the board in the 38th minute when Hamid Shariff played the ball into the box and was touched forward, where Mendoza finished it off.

Niswonger (3-3-1) finished with six saves despite allowing three goals. His counterpart, Matthew Stevens (9-6-3) made three saves.

Capital (9-7-1 overall, 4-3-1 OAC) was unable to rival Heidelberg's offensive attack, rivaling their 23 shots with 10 of their own.

The Crusaders have now lost three of their last four heading into their final regular season contest of the season with Baldwin Wallace. The Yellow Jackets will host Capital for a 7 p.m. match in Berea, Ohio this Saturday.

Capital will be playing for seeding in the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. They are currently tied for third with 13 points. The top six teams will advance to the tournament with the top two seeds receiving a first-round bye. Last year, Capital earned the No. 4 seed.