By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Top 10 Moments of 2017-18 began and have now finished for Capital University Athletics. Over the past four weeks, we unveiled the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Thank you for joining us as we traversed through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
#1: Men's Soccer Claims First NCAA Tournament Victory in Double Overtime
The number one spot in our countdown goes to another number one, in this case the first NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship victory for Capital Men's Soccer. After advancing to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, the Crusaders earned an at- large bid to the NCAA Tournament thanks to some quality wins throughout the regular season. The selection was historic on its own as the program had only appeared in the national tournament once before in 2009.
Making the field though proved to be the easy part. Capital was placed in the Chicago regional with a matchup against Dominican University (Ill.) in the first round, one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country. Capital's defense led by seniors Dominic Zumpone and goalkeeper Justin Niswonger made several key stops in the early stages of the game until the Crusaders broke through with the opening goal of the match. In the 33rd minute after some attacking buildup and an earned corner, junior forward Chewy Gordon guided in a header off of Greg Knox's ball into the box and Capital took a 1-0 lead.
Dominican came back to tie the game in the 60th minute but for the next 50 minutes, neither team could find the back of the net. The fireworks started with Capital on the offensive and controlling the ball in front of Dominican's goal and time dwindling away. Sophomore defender Tristan Bentley picked the ball up at midfield and streaked down the right sideline before being leveled by a defender. Fortunately for the Crusaders, the ball continued to roll towards Domincan's goal and found the feet of Daniel Bundschuh. The junior midfielder then cut inside and shot a low ball towards the left post that ricocheted off the pipe and in for the game-winner as Bundschuh, the rest of the Capital players and the travelling Capital fans went into a frenzy.
The double-overtime triumph gave Capital its 13th win of the season which tied for the second-most wins in a season since 2010. The Crusaders have won 10 or more games in three of the past four years.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Graham Green Wins Ten Straight Singles Bouts to Begin Career -- link
Moment #9 - Cap Women's Golf Smashes Records at 2018 OAC Championship and Katie Lease Earns All-OAC -- link
Moment #8 - Senior Day Celebration! Baseball Completes Sweep of Mount Union with Extra-Inning Walkoff -- link
Moment #7 - Cap Men's Hoops Upsets John Carroll in Regular Season Finale -- link
Moment #6 - Amanda Kachaylo Beats the Clock to Lift Women's Soccer Over Rival Otterbein -- link
Moment #5 - Walton's Last-Minute Goal Sends Cap Women's Lax to OAC Championship -- link
Moment #4 - Dixie Jeffers Hits an Incredible Milestone with 700th Career Victory -- link
Moment #3 - One Day, Two All-Americans. Coon and Allison Come Up Big! -- link
Moment #2 - Hines and O'Callaghan Collect 200th Career Goals Just Hours Apart -- link
Moment #1 - Men's Soccer Claims First NCAA Tournament Victory in Double Overtime -- link