COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team was in action Monday night against the Purple Raiders of the University of Mount Union. In the second overtime Cheyn Roux scored the game winner.
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Much like the regular season matchup between the two teams, this match would be decided in double overtime. However, this time the match would not end in a draw. Senior Jacob Pulliam (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville North) sent a ball into box from 20 yards out. As the Mount Union keeper looked to be tracking the ball, senior Cheyn Roux (Davidson, N.C.) headed the pass from Pulliam into the low far post for the goal.
In the first half of regulation, the Crusaders came out firing taking five shots in the frame. The stout Cap defense held the Purple Raiders to just one shot in the first. Junior Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio) made the save on the lone Mount Union shot.
In the 22nd minute, freshman Trevor Collins (Powell, Ohio/ Olentangy Liberty) blasted a shot on goal from eight yards but the Purple Raider keeper made the save.
In the second half the shots were much closer. Capital held a slight edge, 7-5.
At the 73-minute mark, Nathan Tirabassi took a shot at the Cap goal. Niswonger made a diving save to keep the ball out of the back of the net. He made four saves in the second half.
In the first overtime, the Purple Raiders sent a long ball into the box for Scott Welker. Niswonger came out to play the pass into the box and made a diving stop as Welker took the shot with Niswonger less than a yard away. This was the only shot of the first overtime period.
In the second overtime Capital took two shots, to Mount Union's one. For the match, the Crusaders outshot the Purple Raiders 14-8 and had the advantage in corner kicks, 4-1.
Sophomore Luke Morais (Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville South) had a match-high four shots. Roux finished the match with three shots and tallied his 10th goal of the season. Seven other Cap players added one shot each. Pulliam picked up his third assist on the year.
Niswonger finished the match with six saves and improves to 13-2-2 on the season. Tonight's shutout is Niswonger's 10th of the season and second in-a-row.
With the victory, Capital improves to 14-3-2 overall. The Crusaders advance to the OAC Tournament Semifinals, where they will travel to the No. 2 seed Ohio Northern University. The match is scheduled for Wednesday and is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in Ada, Ohio.