Men's Soccer Comes Up Short on Senior Day

Capital recognized nine seniors from the men's soccer team this Saturday afternoon. (Jeff Mills photo)
Capital recognized nine seniors from the men's soccer team this Saturday afternoon. (Jeff Mills photo)

 

COLUMBUS – The Capital University men's soccer team fell, 2-1, to cross-town rival Otterbein in the final match of the 2013 regular season.

Saturday's game also marked the men's soccer team's Class of 2013 senior day at Bernlohr Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, in which both teams managed to unload just seven shots combined, the Crusaders got on the board in the 60th minute of play.

Senior Zach Inman netted, on an outside pass from classmate Joe Alecusan, to which Inman ripped into the far right corner, giving Capital a 1-0 lead.

However, just nine minutes later, the Cardinals evened the score following an unassisted goal that was rebounded and shot into the lower far corner of the net.

Then in the 72nd minute, Otterbein took its first lead of the game on a free kick from 35 yards out, giving the Cardinals their own advantage at 2-1.

The score would stay the same for the remainder of the match, despite freshman Colton Phillips' jaw dropping strike from just outside the box that was ripped off the far post, nearly sneaking in for a game-tying goal in the 84th minute.

In total, Capital managed to manufacture six of their 11 shots on goal, while allowing eight of nine shots on goal to Otterbein.

Leading the way for the Crusaders was Inman, recording his second goal of the season, while Alecusan tallied his first assist on the year.

With the loss, Capital (8-7-3, 5-4 OAC) has secured the No. 4 seed in the upcoming OAC Tournament, and will host a quarterfinals match against No. 5 seeded Baldwin Wallace at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Bernlohr Stadium.