By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
BEREA, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer was chomping at the bit to begin Ohio Athletic Conference play and played almost a perfect game as the Crusaders beat the Yellow Jackets 5-1 on Saturday night.
The Crusaders drew first blood only five minutes in when Chewy Gordon continued his stellar 2018 campaign with his 13th goal of the year off of a pass from Jamie Robson. He then netted a brace in the 20th minute to complete his sixth multi-goal game of the season. Junior Greg Knox assisted the strike for his 10th helper of the year. The goal also proved to be the game-winning goal, his sixth of the year.
Just five minutes later, a Baldwin Wallace foul in the box gave Capital a try from the penalty spot. Senior midfielder Daniel Bundschuh stepped up to the ball and calmly converted for his fourth goal this year and first since Sept. 12. Tristan Bentley increased the lead to 4-0 in the 34th minute off a pass from Luke Morais.
Despite the 4-0 lead at halftime, the Crusaders took only nine shots compared to Baldwin Wallace's 12. Senior keeper Logan Wiedman made five first-half saves though, keeping the Crusaders ahead by a comfortable margin.
The Yellow Jackets pulled one back in the 55th minute on a goal by Bryce Posner but it was the only shot to beat Wiedman all night. Baldwin Wallace earned an 84th-minute penalty but the strike from reigning OAC Forward of the Year Danny Ruple was saved by Wiedman.
Capital scored its fifth goal of the evening in the 66th minute off the foot of freshman Sam Spirk. Knox assisted on the strike, his second of the night and 11th of the year. The 11 assists ties the Capital single-season record for helpers, a mark he tied just last year in 23 games and shares with Dan Albeit (11 assists in 18 games, 2005). That second assist gave Knox 27 career assists, tying him with Ron Berhman (1985-88) for the second-most in program history. John Ploeger (1976-79) is the career leader with 29.
With the win, the Crusaders improved to 7-2 overall this season and 1-0 in OAC play. Capital will travel to Heidelberg University on Wednesday, Oct. 3 to take on the Student Princes. Kickoff for that contest is scheduled for 4 p.m.