Capital Defeats Wilmington with Hughes' Game Winner

Capital Defeats Wilmington with Hughes' Game Winner

By: Allison Lowe, assistant sports information director  

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Capital Men's Soccer defeated Wilmington College, 5-4, Wednesday evening at Bernlohr Stadium. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 8-4-4 overall, 5-2-1 in the OAC, while the Quakers drop to 10-6-2, 3-4-1 in conference play.


After battling it out in the rain for the majority of the first half, the Crusaders finally put a goal on the board. In the 35th minute of play, junior Shane Niemeier (Bellbrook, Ohio) chipped the ball into the box which bounced off the foot of a Quaker defender. Sophomore Sam Spirk (Wilmington, Ohio) ran onto the ball and fired it past Wilmington's goalkeeper and into the back of the net. 

Spirk kept up the momentum throughout the remainder of the first half, as well as the second, scoring once again for the Purple and White in the 61st minute. After being sent a long ball, Spirk ran past two defenders and nudged the ball into the lower left corner of the net, securing Capital's fourth goal and his second of the match.


Nearly ten minutes into the second half, senior Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich.) sent a cross ball in front of the net. Mitch Hughes ran onto the ball, took a touch, and sent the ball into the back of the net. Hughes' goal put the Crusaders ahead once again after Wilmington tied it up 1-1 early in the second half. 

That's not all for Hughes. The midfielder was chosen to take both of the Crusaders penalty kicks. In the 61st minute, Brandon Woo was taken down in the box and Hughes took the penalty kick. He sent the ball into the lower right corner for the Crusader's third goal. 

Hughes scored Capital's game-winner with a little over a minute left on the clock. Again, Woo was taken down in the box by one of Wilmington's players and the Crusaders were given a penalty kick. Despite the pressure to score the game-winner, Hughes took a powerful shot and the ball went sailing past Wilmington's goalkeeper to put the Crusaders ahead.  


Wilmington put up a good fight throughout the match, keeping the score tied up the majority of the game. Piyo Debesay scored the Quaker's first goal, Zach Burgmeier secured the second, and Ian Molfenter scored the remaining two. 


The Crusaders will wrap up their regular season Saturday, November 2 against Otterbein University. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m at Memorial Stadium.