By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer is on fire to start 2018 and the team's offense has been unstoppable.
After winning 7-2 on Friday night, the Crusaders one-upped themselves with an 8-0 win over Waynesburg University (Pa.) on Saturday in the last game of the Fred Myers-adidas Challenge.
Capital scored twice in the fifth minute of the game with senior forwards Chewy Gordon and Luke Morais putting Capital up 2-0 early. Gordon converted his score off of a throw from Greg Knox and Morais took advantage of a bad pass to beat the goalkeeper. The goals were Gordon's fifth of the young season and Morais' third and the duo were nowhere near done for the day.
Morais scored his second of the evening in the after a blocked shot of Gordon's was deflected into his path. Gordon's next strike was true though in the 28th minute when he dribbled through the Waynesburg box and hammered home a shot.
After Trevor Collins scored his first goal of the year to put the Crusaders ahead 5-0 in the 36th minute, the race was on between Morais and Gordon to be the first Capital player with a hat trick in 2018. Two minutes after halftime, Morais netted a shot from the center of the box after a perfectly-placed ball from Daniel Bundschuh found him with acres of space to shoot from.
Gordon did get his hat trick in the 55th minute from the center of the Waynesburg box courtesy of a pass from Brandon Woo after the defender won the ball deep in the visitor's end. Freshman Sam Spirk netted his first Capital goal in the 67th minute off of a corner kick from Knox.
Gordon was named the Dick Gauthier Award winner as the MVP of the Fred Myers-adidas Challenge after scoring five goals in the challenge's two games. Gordon, Morais (four goals), Knox (four assists) and senior goalkeeper Logan Wiedman (two goals allowed, 2-0 record) were all named 2018 All-Tournament.
Capital's defense, led by Wiedman, allowed only one shot in the first half of Saturday's game and three in the contest. Capital managed 29 total shots. Wiedman made two saves on the day.
The Crusaders have now started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2008. Capital's next game will come on Wednesday, Sept. 12 on the road at Denison University. That game is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff.