By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
BEREA, Ohio – In the way of seeding and home field advantage in the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament, much was on the line for Capital University heading into Saturday night's regular season finale against Baldwin Wallace University. Capital junior Chewy Gordon broke out for five points and had a hand in all three Capital goals, fueling the Crusaders' 3-1 win over the Yellow Jackets at George Finnie Stadium. The win also grants Cap a first-round home match in the upcoming OAC Tournament.
With Capital (11-6-1, 5-3-1 OAC) topping Baldwin Wallace (5-12-2, 1-7-1 OAC), the Crusaders did their part to obtain a first-round home match in the opening round of the upcoming OAC Men's Soccer Tournament. Otterbein University defeated Mount Union, and with Ohio Northern University and Marietta College tying, that solidified Cap's spot as the number three seed in the OAC Tournament, granting them a match against No. 6 seeded Heidelberg University at Bernlohr Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Game time has been set for 7 p.m.
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Capital made good on taking an early lead and setting the tone for the early part of the match. Sophomore Jamie Robson (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Canal Winchester) picked a stellar time to score his first collegiate goal when he and junior Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) connected in the 20th minute to give Cap a 1-0 lead over the host Yellow Jackets.
Despite the Crusaders striking first, the Yellow Jackets put on intense offensive pressure with eight shots in the first half. Three of landed on frame, and senior goalkeeper Justin Niswonger (Circleville, Ohio/Circleville) made all three stops to keep the sheet clean.
Baldwin Wallace did not go down without a fight. The Yellow Jackets, which were battling for a chance to extend its season in the upcoming OAC Tournament, tied the game early in the second half. Just 2:35 into the second half, Baldwin Wallace's Michael Snowball leveled the score with his xxxxx goal of the season off an assist by sophomore Danny Ruple.
The hosts continued to pour shots on against the Capital defense, taking 13 total in the second half. Despite their volume, only two were on goal. BW ended the game with a 21-9 shot advantage over Capital, but the results from the Crusaders' shots spoke louder than their opponent's shot count.
Gordon continued to put on a show and then took a lead role in Capital's second half breakaway. Gordon and sophomore Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) connected not once, but twice in the second half to take back and balloon the Crusaders' lead to 3-1 with less than 10 minutes to go in regulation.
Both of Gordon's goals came directly from Knox's patented long throw in, which set up the junior for his eighth and ninth goals of the season. The second was headed into the Yellow Jackets goal in the 81st minute and sealed Capital's victory.
Capital has now advanced to the OAC Tournament every year that Head Coach Alan Yost has been at the helm, and has played its first match of the last three tournament at home.