Four Crusaders Named to OCSA Division III All-Ohio Team

Pictured: Greg Knox (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Greg Knox (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Four members of the Capital University men's soccer team have been named to the 2017 NCAA Division III All-Ohio Team.

Senior Justin Niswonger (Circleville, Ohio/Circleville) headlined the foursome after being named First Team All-Ohio, further adding to a host of postseason accolades he has acquired. He finished the year with a 12-8-2 overall record, 79 saves, and a 1.11 goals-against average. For his efforts, Niswonger was named OAC Goalkeeper of the Year, a first team All-OAC selection, USC All-Region Third Team, and USC Scholar All-American.

Sophomore defenseman Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) and forward Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) earned Second Team All-Ohio honors, while senior defenseman Dominic Zumpone (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) was added to the All-Ohio Third Team.

Knox and Zumpone aided Niswonger in collecting seven shutouts and allowing opponents 1.10 goals and 12.9 shots per game. Three of those seven came in the first five games, including a 2-0 win over then-No. 3 University of St. Thomas. Knox was also a crucial element in Cap's offensive strategy and finished second in the OAC in assists (11). Both were named Second Team All-OAC at season's end.

Gordon led the team offensively with 26 points and was earlier named to the All-OAC First Team as well as Third Team All-Great Lakes Region. Gordon scored 12 of the team's 35 goals and netted twice as many as the second-highest goal scorer on the squad. The 12 goals tied Gordon for third in the conference. Five of Gordon's goals clinched a victory for the Crusaders.

Together this group and the Crusaders claimed the program's first NCAA Tournament victory after defeating Dominican University (Ill.) in double overtime. They ended the year 13-8-2 and received an at-large bid to the national tournament after finishing as the OAC Tournament runners-up.

Complete OSCA All-Ohio listing