Capital Tames Lions with Stout Defense and Three Goals

Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana
Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team was in action Friday night as they took on Finlandia University at Bernlohr Stadium. Cap featured three different goal scorers and great defense.

The first half was a defensive battle. Despite outshooting the Lions 13-4, Capital was unable to score. The Crusader defense held Finlandia to just four shots. The match was tied heading into the half.

It didn't take long into the second half for Cap to score. Just 19 seconds into the half, freshman Trevor Collins (Powell, Ohio/ Olentangy Liberty) placed a perfect cross into the box from the left side. Freshman Tyler Wujczyk (Beverly Hills, Mich.) was able to take a shot off of the pass and beat the keeper to his left, giving Capital the 1-0 lead.

At the 63-minute mark, the Crusaders were able to draw a foul inside the box and were rewarded a penalty kick. Senior Jacob Pulliam (Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville North) stepped up to take the penalty kick. Pulliam placed the ball into the lower left corner of the net giving Cap the 2-0 lead.

Capital scored again just a minute later. Sophomore Luke Morais (Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville South) set a long ball forward to senior Cheyn Roux (Davidson, N.C.). Roux then dribbled the ball into the box. He fed the ball to senior Hunter Booth (Liberty Township, Ohio) in front of the goal. Booth then chipped the ball into a wide open right side of the net. Cap extended the lead to 3-0.

With just under six minutes to play in the match, sophomore Logan Wiedman made a diving save to the high right side of the net. The save led to Wiedman getting his first win of the season as well as a clean sheet.

As a team, Capital outshot Finlandia 31-7. Not only did the stout defense hold the Lions to seven shots, only one of those shots was on goal. Cap had the lead in corner kicks, 11-3.  

Capital improves to 2-1 overall on the season. The last two victories have been shutouts for the Cap defense. The Crusaders return to action on Sept. 11 as they take on Wittenberg University at Bernlohr Stadium. The match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.