By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After forcing its way into the United Soccer Coaches National Top 25 this past week, No. 22 Capital University Men's Soccer further justified its ranking with a 3-0 shutout win over Denison University.
The Crusaders opened the scoring fewer than four minutes in thanks to senior forward Chewy Gordon. Gordon came into the game tied for the most goals in Division III with seven and his eighth gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. The strike came from the far side of the box and was rocketed home.
The lead was doubled with just less than 16 minutes until halftime on a fast-break goal from Daniel Bundschuh. The senior received the ball in stride with only a Denison defender and Denison's keeper Dylan Brown in front of him. Bundschuh streaked down the middle while maintaining possession and got a shot off that was saved. The rebound came right back to the midfielder though and he poked it past Brown for the score.
The Big Red had several quality chances to score with less than two minutes until halftime, including an open-net save by Cole Moscovic, that the Crusaders were able to stand strong. Each team took seven shots in the first half, four on goal for Capital and five on target for Denison.
In the 53rd minute, the Crusaders increased their lead again with another deflected goal from Gordon. Capital came out of the break on the offensive and quickly got several shots on goal. An initial attempt from Gordon was blocked and Jamie Robson forced a save but the deflection fell back to Gordon's feet, allowing him to power it home. Gordon now has nine goals through four games this season after scoring 12 in 22 matches last year. The senior has also scored the game-winning goal in all of Capital's matches this year.
While the Crusaders were the only team able to score, Denison had quality chances all match. However, senior goalkeeper Logan Wiedman was a brick wall for all 90 minutes making save after athletic save. The keeper was forced to go to ground several times to make diving stops but he was unflappable. In his third start in a row, Wiedman made nine saves, his most this year. This is the second straight clean sheet for Wiedman.
Capital has now outscored its opponents 22-5 this year after two shutouts in a row. The Purple and White will look to continue its dominance on the road on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Case Western Reserve University. Kickoff in Cleveland is scheduled for 5 p.m.