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No. 16 Bucs upended by Capital in tournament

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by Whitworth Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. - Steven McCarthy scored three goals to lift visiting Capital University to a 4-2 win over 16th-ranked Whitworth University in the finale of the men's half of the Whitworth Soccer Classic on Sunday afternoon. St. Martin's University defeated Pacific Lutheran 3-1 on Sunday.

The Crusaders (3-3) used an effective counter attack to grab an early lead and hand the Pirates (2-1-1) their first loss of the season.

Whitworth got on the board first when Dion Coxe played the ball up to Elly Bulega, who one-timed to Keith Kirsch for Kirsch's first goal of the season.

But Capital answered when brothers Daniel and Steven McCarthy paired up in the 24th minute. Daniel passed to Steven for the first of what would be three in the contest.

Kevin Doran led a counter attack later in the half, and McCarthy ran under a high pass, beat a defender to the ball and slipped it past Pirate keeper Kyle Novak for a 2-1 Capital lead.

The Crusaders really put the pressure on early in the second half when another effective counter led to a 3-1 lead. Jeremy Sampson finished the goal on McCarthy's assists in the 51st minute.

Whitworth kept the ball in their Crusaders half most of the next 25 minutes, but could only muster one goal. Kekoa Mountcastle tallied his second of the season with the assist going to Chris Stibich.

As the Pirates pulled all their players forward over the final five minutes of the game, Capital held form defensively, not allowing a serious attempt on goal. Meanwhile the Crusaders were able to counter dangerously several times before McCarthy finished off his hat trick with 24 seconds left.

Whitworth had a 21-14 edge in total shots, but Capital was more accurate, putting seven on goal to the Pirates' four. Justin Bultman finished with two saves for the Crusaders, while Novak had one stop in the first half for the Pirates, and Brian Sherpe had two saves while playing the second period.

Today's results, combined with yesterday's 3-1 win by St. Martin's University of Pacific Lutheran, left all four teams tied 1-1 in the tournament. Based on final goal differential, Capital wins the title.

Final Whitworth Classic Standings:
1-1 Capital (+1 goals)
1-1 St. Martin's and Whitworth (+0)
1-1 Pacific Lutheran (-1)

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