COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wednesday night the Capital men's soccer team took to the pitch against the Hiram College Terriers. One miscue made the difference in the match decision as Hiram left Bernlohr Stadium with a 1-0 victory over the Crusaders.
After one half of play, both teams went scoreless but played a level match in terms of opportunities. Both the Terriers and the Crusaders pounded out four shot attempts, though Hiram was the only team to register a shot on frame.
Hiram (4-2-2) had a chance to take the lead just short of the 54-minute mark when after a stoppage for injury Hiram forced a turnover deep into Capital territory. However, Richie Webb's shot flew wide left of the Capital cage.
Capital answered just minutes later when they penetrated deep into the Hiram side of the field. Sophomore Calvin Saunders went near-side post but goalkeeper Luke Wilhelm made a diving save to preserve the scoreless game. Freshman Connor Blakely also had a chance to break the tie, but after creating space the Terriers quickly recovered to block the shot and clear out the ball with 30 minutes remaining in the second half.
With 19 minutes remaining, Hiram thought that they had scored the match's first goal. After a pass to the middle of the Capital defense was sent to the back of the net with a sliding dive, the goal was called back due to the shooting player being offside.
Eventually, Hiram would score on a wild play in the Capital backfield. With the ball played backward, Bryan Luckscheiter turned to play it but Blake Easterling took the inside route, cut off Luckscheiter and chipped one toward the net. Funk, who came out to challenge the loose ball, got a piece of the shot but not enough to stop it from rolling in. The goal was scored in the 74th minute.
With less than three minutes to go, Hiram was whistled for a foul just inside the 18-yard box but not while in an act of shooting or preventing a clear scoring chance. Junior Jacob Pulliam took the free kick but booted it into a wall. Zac Cairns made the stop and Hiram cleared it out to prevent Capital's scoring chance.
Capital (2-5-0) will play its third straight home contest on Sunday, Sept. 27 when they host Transylvania University. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. from Bernlohr Stadium.