By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
WILMINGTON, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer (7-4, 1-1 OAC) hit the road on Tuesday night and will be coming home with its first Ohio Athletic Conference win of 2017 with a 2-0 win over Wilmington College (6-5-1, 0-2 OAC).
After controlling play for much of the night but being unable to convert any chances, the Purple and White opened the scoring with fewer than 10 minutes remaining in the match. In the 81st minute, Capital forward Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) headed the ball into the goal. Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) got the assist.
In the 90th minute, Gordon struck again. With the Quakers deep in their own zone, a defender tried to play the ball back to the keeper but the pass was errant. Gordon found the ball and deposited it in the back of an empty net to seal the win.
Wilmington had two shots in the first six minutes but after that, Capital became the aggressor. The Crusaders took four shots between the 11th and 21st minutes and controlled the pace of play for much of the first half. Capital ended the first 45 minutes with a 10-5 advantage in shots.
Capital kept the pressure up in the second half with 10 shots to Wilmington's 6. That continued pressure led to Gordon's opening goal.
The shutout was Cap goalkeeper Justin Niswonger's (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) fourth of the season. Niswonger only needed to make one save. Capital took seven shots on goal and held an overall advantage of 20 shots to 11. Capital also led 11-1 in corners.
Capital will look to add another conference win to the record sheet when they travel to Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Oct. 7 to take on the Polar Bears at 7 p.m.