By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer won its fourth match in its last five games after defeating Heidelberg University, 2-1, at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex on Wednesday night. Luke Morais scored the game-winning goal early in the second half, then the Crusader defense did the rest as CU improved to 2-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play.
Heidelberg (4-5-0, 1-1-0 OAC) struck first in the ninth minute of the contest when off a throw-in Cory Gilbert corralled a loose ball and then began the attack that led to the goal. Gilbert sent in a pass to Antonio Demonte who beat his defender. Capital keeper Logan Wiedman came out to challenge but as Wiedman went to the ground, Demonte circled around to create a clear shot to the goal.
Jamie Robson then began his own assault of the net, pepping Heidelberg goalkeeper Jake Kress with a trio of shots, all to be saved. It was not long before Capital leveled the score when senior Daniel Bundschuh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) took advantage of a penalty kick following a handball in the box in the 25th minute. Kress punched out a loose ball and a follow-up shot was batted down by a Heidelberg defender's hand. Bundschuh went low, right side with the kick and despite Kress getting a piece of the shot beat the keep to make it a 1-1 match.
It did not stay tied for long. In the 49th minute, Capital mounted what would be the deciding attack. The Crusaders played it to the near side of the field and headed for the corner. Junior Trevor Collins (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) tapped a rainbow of a pass to senior Luke Morais (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) inside the box. Morais then headed the ball to himself and made a quick move to the goal. With a strong strike off the right foot, he beat a diving Kress to the far post and tickled the twine to give the Crusaders the lead.
Junior Logan Wiedman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) did his part by making a pair of saves, including one with about five minutes to go. The back line also rose to the occasion by blocking down a pair of Heidelberg shots including one with one minute to go, eliminating any chance of a comeback.
Capital, now 8-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play, hosts back-to-back home matches beginning this Saturday, October 6. They will host John Carroll University (5-3-1, 1-0-0 OAC) at Bernlohr Stadium at 7 p.m.