Crusaders Drop a Tough Quarterfinal Match to Mount Union

Crusaders Drop a Tough Quarterfinal Match to Mount Union

By: Allison Lowe, assistant sports information director 

COLUMBUS, Ohio– No. 4 seed Capital tied No. 5 seed Mount Union, 2-2, in the first round of the OAC Men's Soccer Tournament Tuesday afternoon at Bernlohr Stadium. Following a double-overtime draw, both teams went to penalty kicks. The Purple Raiders will advance to the second round of the tournament after outscoring the Crusaders 5-4 in penalty kicks. Capital ends its 2019 season with an overall record of 8-5-5 and 5-3-1 in the OAC play.

MATCH SUMMARY 

  • The Crusaders came out strong in the first half, securing an early goal. In the eighth minute, freshman Mujahid Abdel-Ghani (Toledo, Ohio) chipped the ball into the box and junior Nick Scharfenberger ran onto the ball, nudging it past Mount Union's goalkeeper and into the back of the net. 

  • Less than five minutes after Capital's goal, Mount Union tied it up. John Schroeder sent a cross ball in front of the goal and Colton Priester slid in, knocking the ball high into the net. 
  • Both teams had several shots in the remainder of the second half but neither team could break through to secure the lead. 
  • In the 74th minute, senior Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich.) threw the ball into Mount Union's defending third from the near side of the field. Sophomore Sam Spirk (Wilmington, Ohio) found an opening in front of the net, got a foot on the ball, and sent it into the top right corner for Capital's second goal. 

  • Mount Union remained on Capital's heels, tying up the score once again in the 78th minute. Daniel Chung took a shot from the 15-yard line and the ball went sailing over Pedro Garcia's head and into the net. 
  • The Crusaders and Purple Raiders battled it out through two overtimes, but no goals were scored. 
  • Junior Pedro Garcia (Austin, Texas) saved the first penalty kick taken by Mount Union's Brian Belz, putting the Crusaders in a good position for the following kicks. 
  • Capital's first two shootout attempts were made, but the Purple and White were stopped on their third attempt. 
  • Mount Union's Chung put the ball in the top left corner of the net for the Purple Raider's sixth attempt. Junior Matt Scheper (Cincinnati, Ohio) was up next for the Crusaders. Scheper's shot went high over the crossbar and the Raiders secured their spot in the semifinals. 

MATCH NOTES

  • Scharfenberger's goal was his third of the season and fifth of his career. 
  • Spirk's goal was the tenth of his career. He is now tied with Mitch Hughes for the most number of goals this season for the Crusaders. 
  • Garcia started in net for the third time this season.