UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Despite the numbers showing that John Carroll University dominated possession for most of the match, the Capital University men's soccer team made the most of its chances to help take away a 2-1 victory, in overtime. Chewy Gordon sent the Crusaders home with fifth win in Ohio Athletic Conference play.
Capital (7-8-1. 5-1-1 OAC) got on the board first but John Carroll maintained control of the match until the Crusaders' next goal. The Crusaders were unable to get a shot off in the second half, opposed to the Blue Streaks' 13 attempts. Over the course of the match, JCU outshot Capital, 25-8.
Tied 1-1, the Blue Streaks (10-4-1, 5-2-0 OAC) put a shot toward the Capital cage in the overtime session, but missed high. After both teams exchanged shots over the next three minutes, sophomore Dominic Zumpone (Sunbury, Ohio) connected with freshman Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Central) for the game-winning goal. Zumpone streaked down the left side of the field and threaded a pass to Gordon, who struck the ball with his left foot and beat JCU keeper, Liam McIntosh. The goal was Gordon's fourth of the season.
Despite the heavy shot advantage, only five shot landed on frame against sophomore keeper Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio) and the Crusaders. Niswonger made four saves to garner his sixth win of the season.
Senior Hunter Stiger scored his fourth goal of the year, doing so in the 33rd minute of the match. Junior Jacob Pulliam (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) earned the assist after feeding Stiger a line drive into the box. Stiger snuck in behind the JCU defense and headed home the goal into the top-right corner.
Capital has now won back-to-back matches and three of its last four. The Crusaders are now in second place in the most updated OAC standings. With their 5-1-1 conference record, they hold 18 points and are two behind first-place Ohio Northern University.
The Crusaders will play its next two games at home against Heidelberg University (10/28) and Baldwin Wallace University (10/31). Heidelberg (4-2-1) is currently in fourth place while Baldwin Wallace (1-5-1) continues to battle for its place in the upcoming OAC Tournament. Kickoff between the Student Princes and Crusaders is set for 7 p.m. from Bernlohr Stadium.