COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team was in action Wednesday night as they took on the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University. Chewy Gordon scored the lone goal of the match, as Cap recorded the 1-0 victory in the Top-10 regional matchup.
At the 16-minute mark, senior Hunter Booth (Liberty Township, Ohio) ran up the right sideline with the ball. He took the ball just inside the box before he sent a pass towards the far post. Sophomore Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville Central) received the pass from Booth and placed it to the near post beating the diving keeper.
Less than a minute after the Capital goal, junior Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio) was forced to make his only save in the first half.
Cap took a 1-0 lead into halftime. The Crusaders outshot Ohio Wesleyan 6-4 and produced one more corner kick, 2-1.
Capital came out firing to start the second half and took three shots in the first three minutes. The Battling Bishops Ben Farynowski made the saves for the shots on goal. Ohio Wesleyan was able to get one shot off in the same timeframe, but Niswonger came up with a save.
The second half was more offensive than the first half. The two teams combined for 21 shots. Ohio Wesleyan had the slight advantage, 11-10.
Niswonger was up to the challenge from the Battling Bishops' attack. He recorded six saves in the second half and finished with a season-high seven saves. Niswonger did more than just make saves defensively, he also punched out several crosses and corner kicks. He improves to 8-1 on the season and earned his fifth clean sheet the season.
The Crusaders were led by Gordon with the game winning goal, his second on the season. He tied junior Calvin Saunders (Winston-Salem, N.C.) with three shots. The Cap offense featured nine different players taking shots at the Battling Bishop goal. Booth recorded his first assist on the season.
With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 8-1 on the season and extend their winning streak to eight matches. Capital returns to action Saturday as they travel to Westerville, Ohio, to battle OAC rival Otterbein University in the conference opener. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.