Men’s Soccer Unable to Capitalize with Man Advantage

Photo credit: Joe Maiorana
Photo credit: Joe Maiorana

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team played most of Saturday's match with a one-man advantage after an early red card was issued to its opponent, the Case Western Reserve University Spartans. Despite this benefit, the Crusaders could not overcome the Spartans. Case Western defeated Capital, 2-1, at Bernlohr Stadium.

Case Western took the early lead when in the 15th minute Joshua Prosser finished off a deflected shot out in front of Capital keeper Trevor Funk. The goal went unassisted, but Capital was quick to answer back.

Capital had an opportunity to equalize the match in the 23rd minute when Rusheel Shah took down Mario Suarez inside the box, granting Shah a red card and early exit. Suarez's penalty kick was turned away by Case keeper Calvin Boyle, however, that was not the last of the Purple and White.

The Crusaders combo of junior Alexander Basiakos (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) and junior Curtis Baker (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Westerville Central) equaled the score in the 24th minute. Off of a corner attempt, Basiakos went aerial and put his head to the ball, finding the back of the net. Baker earned his second assist of the year while for Basiakos, that goal served as his first points of the season. The goal was also the first of his Capital career.

The lead was short-lived when nearly six minutes later Brandon White helped the Spartans retake the lead in the 30th minute. Off of a free kick, White received the ball from Dean Balabanov and with a sliding kick, skidded one inside the far post. The Spartans nearly added to that lead in the 41st minute, but Paul Darmstadter's shot rang off the crossbar and bounced back into the field of play.

Despite being a man up, Capital was unable to find the back of the net throughout the rest of the match. Case Western clamped down on defense and allowed just five shot attempts while Boyle made four saves.

Freshman Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) led the Crusaders with six shot attempts, two of which fell on frame. Twice, Gordon sent in shots on quality chances that flew high of the Case cage.

The loss sends Capital to an overall record of 1-3-0 while Case improves to 4-1-0 with its third win over an Ohio Athletic Conference school this season. The Crusaders hit the road for a match at Waynesburg University on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.