COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team was in action Tuesday afternoon as they took on the Student Princes of Heidelberg University. Cap was led by Tristan Bentley, with the lone goal for the Crusaders.
Capital jumped out to an early lead at the 11-minute mark. Freshman Alex Komatz (Clarkston, Mich.) sent a long pass towards the Student Princes' box. Freshman Tristan Bentley (Cincinnati, Ohio) ran the ball down as it was entering the 18-yard box. Bentley sent the shot from near side back to the far post, for the first goal of the match.
Seven minutes later, Alexis Mendoza headed a ball toward the Crusader net that happened to bounce just out of the reach of junior Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio). The shot tied the match at 1-1.
In the first half, the Crusaders managed to outshoot the Student Princes, 7-3. Cap also had the advantage with three corner kicks, to Heidelberg's one.
The Student Princes ended the match scoring three more times. The first was off of the foot of Jason Chugh. The final two goals were scored by Joseph Tallarico.
The Crusaders' defense, which has been tenacious for most of the season, saw two different balls misplayed. Both of those resulted in goals.
Bentley scored his second goal of the season and led Cap with three shots. Komatz earned his first collegiate point on the assist to Bentley's goal. Freshman Tyler Wujczyk (Beverly Hills, Mich.) posted two shots. Six other Capital players took one shot each.
For the match, Capital outshot Heidelberg 13-10. The Crusaders doubled the Student Princes in corner kicks, 8-4.
With the loss, Cap falls to 12-3-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Crusaders return to action on Friday, as they play host to the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace University. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. This will be the final regular season match as well as senior day.