NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Two halves of soccer were unsatisfactory to find a winner in Tuesday night's men's soccer match between Capital University and Muskingum University. Heading into overtime after a scoreless deadlock, Capital's Hunter Stiger ended matters with one strike and simultaneously improved the Crusaders' conference record to 2-0.
While regulation produced a grand total of 42 shots between the two teams, the only shot taken in the overtime session was the one that made the difference. Junior defenseman Hunter Stiger (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored the game-winning goal in the 94th minute when a foul produced a free kick opportunity for Capital. Junior Jacob Pulliam (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) took the attempt and lofted it for Stiger to head it home, beating Muskingum keeper Gabe Kral.
For Stiger, the goal marked his third in two games following a two-goal performance in the Crusaders' 3-1 win over the University of Mount Union last Saturday.
Fouls had been an issue all game for the Muskies, as they finished the match with 18 to Capital's 11. Five cards were handed out, three to Capital and two the Muskingum.
Both teams were incredibly active in the first half, totaling 28 shot attempts between both teams. However, a combined five landed on frame with three siding with the Crusaders.
Action slowed down in the second half with half as many shots being taken. Despite 23 shots taken, Muskingum landed just three on goal. Sophomore Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio) earned the start and made all three saves to keep the Muskies off of the board.
Capital is now 4-7 overall and 2-0 in OAC play. They have won two straight contests heading into this Saturday's away matchup with rival Otterbein University at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.