Crusaders Hang Tough at No. 1 Ohio Wesleyan in Loss

Senior goalkeeper and co-captain Bob Weisgarber. (Jeff Mills photo).
Senior goalkeeper and co-captain Bob Weisgarber. (Jeff Mills photo).


The Capital University men's soccer team fought to a scoreless tie through the first 70 minutes of action Wednesday on the home field of the nation's No. 1 team but eventually fell 2-0 at Ohio Wesleyan in a non-conference affair at Delaware, Ohio.


The Crusaders (3-3-3 overall) wrapped up a four-match road swing with a valiant effort against the Battling Bishops, the top ranked team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


Ohio Wesleyan (12-0) finished with 30 shots, including 10 on goal, compared to 16 and three, respectively, for Capital.


Junior captain R.G. Florey (Westerville, Ohio) led the offense with four shots. Senior captain Bob Weisgarber (Columbus, Ohio) totaled eight saves in his 90 minutes of action.


The Crusaders were outshot just 12-8 in the first half, which ended in a scoreless tie. The tally remained at 0-0 until the 70th minute, when the Bishops found the back of the net on a cross from the left side to the middle.


Ohio Wesleyan doubled its lead in the 80th minute on its way to remaining undefeated.


Capital begins Ohio Athletic Conference play this Saturday at Bernlohr Stadium against John Carroll. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and is the first game of a men's-women's doubleheader against the Blue Streaks.