Men's soccer falls in OAC Tournament

Men's soccer falls in OAC Tournament

BEXLEY, Ohio -- Looking to avenge their loss from a week ago, the Heidelberg University men's soccer team could not pull through, falling in the first round of the OAC Tournament. The No. 3 seeded Capital Crusaders held off the No. 6 seeded Student Princes, 2-0, under the lights on a chilly evening at Bernlohr Stadium.

Rodrigo Meza threatened to put the Student Princes ahead in the 14th minute. Meza rifled a low shot from the top of the box, but the shot missed just wide left.

In the waning seconds of the first half, Capital had a great opportunity to strike first. With a corner kick, the home team headed a shot destined for the back side of the goal, but HU keeper Jake Kress lunged across for the save.

Early in the second half, Capital's Jamie Robinson was given space 20 yards out. The striker rifled a shot with his left foot, but Kress once again proved tough, deflecting the shot over the crossbar.

In the 63rd minute, Tristan Bentley played a beautiful ball into the box to Chewy Gordon. Gordon turned, and placed a laser of a shot into the lower left corner, giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.

It didn't take long for Capital to tack onto the lead following a tremendous hustle play by Tristan Wujczyk set up a goal headed in by Gordon.

The Berg kept pressuring the Capital defense, but could not push a goal across. Capital's Justin Niswonger made three saves to hold the clean sheet. Jake Kress tallied six saves for the Tricolor.

"I want to give credit to Capital, I wish them all the best," said head coach Pat Svihlik. "They are a well coached team and they were very well organized and tough to break down tonight."

Svihlik on the season as a whole: "For as young as we were, we took a lot of steps forward … We need to learn what it consistently takes to be at the top of such a tough conference."

Svihlik on the staff around him: "I am so proud of the coaches on this staff … I have some of the greatest young, energetic and enthusiastic guys on my staff … The leadership by my captains and seniors was unmatched and I am very grateful and lucky to have that."

Svihlik on moving forward: "We have a lot coming back and we're looking to build on that … We need to stay hungry … This is not good enough."

Heidelberg ends its season with an 11-5-1 mark under Svihlik's second season at the helm. It brings to an end the established careers of Christian Keisel, Alexis Mendoza, and Garrett McAfee.