Seven Crusaders Earn All-OAC Honors, Pulliam Makes First Team

Seven Crusaders Earn All-OAC Honors, Pulliam Makes First Team

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Seven Capital University men's soccer players earned positions on this year's Ohio Athletic Conference postseason awards list. Jacob Pulliam headlined the list after earning the third All-OAC bid of his career, this time as a first teamer.

2015 All-OAC Teams

First Team
Jacob Pulliam, Jr., MF 
Second Team
A.G. Basiakos, Jr., D
Calvin Saunders, So., F 
Honorable Mention
Josh McDaniel, So., F
Chewy Gordon, Fr., F
Mario Suarez, Sr., MF
Justin Niswonger, So., GK 

Junior Jacob Pulliam (Westerville, Ohio), received the only first team All-OAC honoree for the Crusaders. Pulliam received honorable mention his freshman and sophomore seasons.  In conference games this season, he scored one goal and provided four assists. In the semifinals of the OAC Tournament against John Carroll University he provided an assist on one of Capital's two goals.

Junior defender A.G. Basiakos (Hilliard, Ohio) was one of two players selected to the second team all-conference. Basiakos was a consistently stout defender for the Crusaders this season. In conference games, he helped preserve three shutouts. In the conference semifinal loss to John Carroll, he scored both of Capital's goals to finish the season with three total.

Basiakos is joined on the second team by sophomore teammate Calvin Saunders (Winston Salem, N.C.). Last season, Saunders was an honorable mention award winner. He posted one goal and two assists in conference play this season after a hot start to the nonconference season.  Saunders led the team with six goals on the season, including a pair of game-winners.

The Crusaders placed four of its seven all-conference selections on the All-OAC honorable mention squad. Sophomore Josh McDaniel (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned his first postseason accolade behind two goals and one assist in conference play.

Freshman Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio) gave fans a preview of what it to come of his career. In just his first season as a Crusader, Gordon recorded four goals, one game-winning goal and one assist in conference play.  He finished with four goals and four assists, altogether, in his inaugural season.

Senior midfielder Mario Suarez (Strongsville, Ohio) made his first appearance with an honorable mention honor. Suarez produced two goals, which were both game-winners.

Rounding out the honorable mention list was sophomore goalkeeper Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio). After winning the starting job outright following nonconference play, Niswonger produced three shutouts against OAC opponents. He also provided an offensive threat with his big leg, posting two assists on the year. In conference, Niswonger allowed six goals while saving 24 to present a save percentage of .800. He had an overall win-loss record of 8-3-1 in 13 starts.


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