Slow start sinks men's soccer at Capital

Josh Hughes

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team suffered a 7-2 setback at Capital (Ohio) Friday evening in the first match of the Fred Myers-Adidas Challenge.

Despite an 18-14 edge in total shots, 12-4 in the second half, the Panthers (1-2-0) were only able to find the back of the net twice, once in each half. The Crusaders (2-0-0) on the other hand, took advantage of a six-goal first half to stay unbeaten on the young season.

Senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) notched his third goal of the season and tied the match at one-all in the 13th minute. Korfhagen's score came 40 seconds after Capital tallied its first goal of the contest. Sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) logged his first point as a Panther, assisting on Korfhagen's goal.

The Crusaders recaptured the lead less than four minutes later, a goal that would spark a 5-0 scoring run to end the first half. Capital added one goal in the second half as well.

Hanover had three corner kicks in the final minute of play and with less than 20 seconds remaining on the clock, freshman Fellipe Busato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) drilled a penalty kick, HC's first of the season. Busato's goal was the first of his collegiate career and the freshman also led Hanover with four shot attempts in the match.

The Panthers will look to bounce back quickly as they close out tournament play at Ohio Wesleyan Saturday, Sept. 8. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. in Delaware, Ohio.

Contact: Tyler Jester