By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer took its undefeated conference record on the road to the University of Mount Union on Saturday but unfortunately for the Crusaders the team will be returning with its first Ohio Athletic Conference loss of the season after falling to the Purple Raiders 3-1.
The Purple Raiders are backed by one of the stingiest defenses in the entire country, having allowed only five goals all season. Neither team was able to get anything going offensively for the first 30 minutes of the game. In that span, the Crusaders got one shot off from Jamie Robson and Mount Union was able to take two shots.
The Purple Raiders broke the tie though in the 34th minute with a goal from Colton Harsh that was set up from a free kick by Jon Schroeder. Mount Union took two more shots in the first half and Capital took one but the Crusaders entered the halftime locker room trailing 1-0.
That quickly changed in the second half though when only 37 seconds into the half senior forward Chewy Gordon netted his 17th goal of the season to equalize the score. Gordon attempted another shot that sailed high and Luke Morais forced a save from Mount Union keeper Zach Hlas but neither could break through.
The Purple Raiders reclaimed the lead in the 68th minute with Harsh connecting on his second goal of the afternoon, again assisted by Schroeder. Now trailing, the Crusaders still struggled to mount much offensive pressure, attempting only three shots for the remainder of the match. Mount Union added an insurance goal in the 89th minute with Schroeder scoring himself.
The Crusaders were outshot 10-9 in the match but did have a 7-5 lead in the second half. Capital keeper Logan Wiedman made three saves for the Crusaders and Hlas made three as well.
With the loss, Capital is now 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the OAC. The Crusaders will look to get back in the win column on Wedensday, Oct. 17 against Muskingum University at home. Kickoff at Bernlohr Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.