Saunders Strikes Twice in Win Over Kalamazoo

Saunders Strikes Twice in Win Over Kalamazoo

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Calvin Saunders tallied his first two goals of the season as part of the Capital men's soccer team's 2-1 victory over Kalamazoo College, Sunday evening at Bernlohr Stadium.

Sunday's game was played on Capital's home turf due to an alteration of the schedule after Friday's match was postponed due to weather conditions.

Saunders, a native of Clemmons, N.C.,, scored twice in the affair to set Capital up with its first win of the season. He and freshman Sheldon Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) connected twice in the second half fewer than 10 minute apart to build a 2-0 lead over the Hornets.

After taking a scoreless match into halftime, nearly five minutes into the second half Gordon tapped it over to Saunders who struck gold for the game's opening goal from 18 yards out to the Kalamazoo keeper's right.

Saunders notched his second goal of the game, and of the season, when again he tailed to the near side of the field and launched a strike to the top-right corner of the Kalamazoo cage. Saunders' second goal was score in the 59th minute, doubling Capital's lead to 2-0.

Kalamazoo made its move to come back when in the 76th minute Thomas Bryant scored off of a deflection, tapping in the Hornets' first, yet only, goal of the match. Capital's defense held on, giving no additional quality scoring chances to its guests.

The Hornets outshot the Crusaders, 13-11, but sophomore Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio) made seven stops to earn the win. The win comes in his first start of the season.

After the end of the Fred Myers Tournament, which was hosted by Ohio Wesyelan University, three Capital players were named to the all-tournament team. Saunders, Alexander Basiaskos and Hunter Booth represented Capital on the list of 12 recognized players. 

Capital now sits at 1-1 on the year and will host Thomas More College (Ky.) on Wednesday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. This will mark the first night game to be played at Bernlohr Stadium in Capital history after Friday night's women's soccer match was postponed due to weather.