Capital Drops Hard-Fought Loss to Hanover

Capital Drops Hard-Fought Loss to Hanover

By: Allison Lowe, assistant sports information director 

HANOVER, Ind.- The Capital men's soccer team fell, 2-1, against Hanover College on Sunday afternoon at the Hanover Soccer Complex. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-2-3 overall, while the Panthers improve to 3-4-1. 


Capital and Hanover had five shots each in the first half, but neither side could break through and secure a goal. With the score tied up at zero, the Crusaders came out strong in the second half. Sophomore Mitch Hughes of Clintonville, Ohio put the Crusaders on the board, scoring off the second-half kickoff. As soon as the second half whistle was blown, Hughes launched the ball from the fifty, past Hanover's goalie and into the back of the net. Capital took the 1-0 lead. 


The final two goals of the match were scored by Hanover's Luke Eppler. In the 47th minute, Eppler shot the ball into the top right corner of the net off a cross from Chris Pitre. Less than ten minutes later, Carlos Schryver sent a cross ball in front of the net, which landed on the foot of Eppler. Eppler sent the ball past Capital's goalkeeper Kyle Morais and into the back of the net. Hanover edged out the Crusaders, 2-1 for the victory. 


Capital will compete against Baldwin Wallace University at home in their first conference matchup on Saturday, Oct. 5. Kickoff at Bernlohr Stadium is set for 7 p.m.