CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Capital junior Keenan Barbazette scored twice to pace the Cougars offense, while the squad's defense matched the effort in a 4-2 victory at Nitro Tuesday night.
Barbazette scored once in the closing minutes of the first half and again to open the second half as the Capital defense, led by sophomore goalkeeper Kevin Jones, stymied the Nitro offense.
"We kept talking, we played to our feet and we played off of their mistakes and it worked out to our advantage," Barbazette said.
With goals from three different players and assists from three others, Capital Coach Bradford Clark said communication was key in victory.
"They were taking advantage of opportunities and I really liked they were playing together as a team, they were communicating out there," he said. "They were keeping their heads up and being positive toward one another, just trying to work as a team."
Sophomore Tristan Slater opened the game's scoring when he netted a goal with assist from Zac Koontz 10 minutes into the first half.
The Cougars looked to take a 1-0 lead into halftime until Barbazette scored with assist from Kellen Paybins four minutes before the break. Two minutes into the second half, Barbazette scored again with assist from Paybins.
"Keenan is so vocal on the field and he is a great player," Clark said. "He works well with his teammates, but it's just the communication. I think Kellen, both times, saw Keenan making that run and two times (played) a really pretty ball in and nice finish on both on them. I was impressed."
With a 3-0 advantage in hand, sophomore Tyler Shaffer provided some more comfort when he scored with 11:30 remaining in the game as Kevin Roy provided the assist.