Capital Men’s Soccer Receives At-Large Bid to NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship

The Crusaders will take on Dominican (Ill.) in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship in Chicago, Capital's first NCAA Tournament match since 2009, after receiving an at-large bid. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
The Crusaders will take on Dominican (Ill.) in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship in Chicago, Capital's first NCAA Tournament match since 2009, after receiving an at-large bid. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a 12-7-2 regular season for Capital University Men's Soccer, the Crusaders had a strong enough body of work to earn an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.

Only 20 at-large bids are given out each year, and this is the second time Capital has made the national tournament, the first was in 2009.

The Crusaders will take on the Dominican University (Ill.) Stars in the first round in Chicago at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The University of Chicago is the host school for the Crusaders' region.

The Stars finished with a 14-4-0 record in the regular season and won the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship. This is the 14th time that Dominican has been in the national tournament. The Stars are the third-ranked team in the Central Region behind Chicago and North Park University.

Three players have recorded 30 or more points for the Stars this season, led by Nicolo Vitale with 33 (15 goals, three assists). Jonathan Arzeta has 17 assists and seven goals for 31 points and Adam Yaghmour is second on the team with 13 goals.

As a team, Dominican averages 3.67 goals per game and only gives up 1.33. Both Brendan Martin and Aaron Menyes have played 12 games in goal this season. Martin has only allowed seven goals and has a .806 save percentage in those 12 matches, 10 of them starts.

After upsetting John Carroll University in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals on Nov. 2, the Crusaders lost by one goal to Otterbein University in the championship game on Nov. 4. Both John Carroll and Otterbein are also in the national tournament.

The full 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship bracket can be found here.