Crusaders Suffer First Loss of the Season

Sr. Nick Eley scored two goals in the first half in the Crusaders 3-2 loss vs. Wittenberg on Wednesday evening. (Andrea Kjerrumgaard photo)
Sr. Nick Eley scored two goals in the first half in the Crusaders 3-2 loss vs. Wittenberg on Wednesday evening. (Andrea Kjerrumgaard photo)

 

Granville, Ohio – Capital University's men's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday evening, falling 3-2 in a road match at Denison.

The Crusaders got on the board first after freshman Luke Bobst set senior Nick Eley up nicely for his second goal of the season, giving Capital a 1-0 advantage in the 13th minute.

However, the Big Red quickly responded with a goal of their own just less than three minutes later, as they scored the equalizer in the 16th minute on a tap in coming off a low cross from the right side of the field.

But Eley was not finished yet, netting his second goal of the game just 22 seconds after Denison's equalizer, this one coming off of a major mistake on a failed clear attempt by the Big Red.

Following Eley's quick response, Denison played copycat, scoring their second goal of the game in the 21st minute to once again even the match.

A total of four goals were scored between the two teams in a span of just over seven minutes of play.

Heading into halftime, the match was tied at 2-2, as the Crusaders fielded a very aggressive and active attack in the opening frame.

As the second half progressed, neither team could find the back of the net despite a favorable amount of shots coming from both teams, forcing the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Crusaders looked to be on their way to their second double overtime match of the season until with just 35 seconds remaining in the first overtime; Denison netted the decisive goal on a cross from the right side of the field, giving the Big Red the 3-2 victory.

The overtime loss moves the Crusaders to a record of 1-1 in games decided in overtime this season.

Next on the schedule for Capital (3-1-2), is road game number two of the four game road trip, as they are set to face The College of Wooster on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.