First Half Breakout Leads Crusaders to Win Over Yellow Jackets

Photo credit: Joe Maiorana
Photo credit: Joe Maiorana

WAYNESBURG, Pa.  – Capital University Men's Soccer broke out for three goals in the first half, helping the Crusaders toward its shutout victory over Waynesburg University, Wednesday night. The Crusaders turned down the Yellow Jackets at John F. Wiley Stadium to improve their overall record to 2-3-0.

Capital wasted no time in taking its shot to score, recording the match's first four shot attempts. Two of the Crusaders' first three shots landed on goal and were saved by Jackets keeper Nathan Ribar. Sophomore forward Calvin Saunders (Clemmons, N.C.) made the fourth shot attempt count, notching Capital's first of three first-half scores. It served as his team-leading fourth goal of the season.

Waynesburg's Victor Browne nearly tied the match in the 22nd minute but tagged the crossbar to keep the advantage in Capital's court.

In quick succession, Capital scored twice more in the 21st and 25th minutes of the first half. Sophomore Josh McDaniel (Cincinnati, Ohio) connected with junior Alexander Basiakos (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard  Darby) to double up the score, 2-0.

Basiakos again entered the score column four minutes later when off of a corner kick, he and junior Curtis Baker (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Westerville Central) drove home the Crusaders' third goal of the match, giving them a commanding lead.

Junior Cheyn Roux (Davidson, N.C.) added Capital's fourth and final goal of the game. For Basiakos and Roux, their respective goals were their second scores of the season.

Freshman Daniel Bundschuh (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded his first two points of his collegiate career, both on assists acquired on Saunders' and Roux's goals.

Capital (2-3-0) held a vast advantage over Waynesburg (0-6-0) in shot attempts, 17-7. Corner kicks also went the Crusaders' way, 8-5.

Next on Capital's schedule is a home match with Denison University. The Crusaders and Big Red will square off on Saturday, Sept. 19 to kick off a soccer doubleheader at Bernlohr Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.