By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer lit up the scoreboard on Wednesday night as the Crusaders defeated Muskingum University 7-1 and one member of the team etched his name into the program record book.
The Crusaders applied the pressure early and often, taking six shots in the first 11 minutes while barely allowing Muskingum to possess the ball. Capital netted the game-opening goal in the 18th minute off the foot of lethal striker Chewy Gordon. Gordon received the ball after a good tackle and controlled it between two defenders, beating both. He then juked a third Muskingum player and let a shot rip as he moved to his left and towards the center of the penalty box. The ball found the right corner of the goal for Gordon's 18th of the year.
Gordon and the Crusaders were nowhere near done though and just two minutes later, Gordon scored his second off a historic cross from Greg Knox. After winning a corner, Knox stepped up to the ball and sent it into the middle of the box and connected with Gordon's head. Gordon redirected it into the goal for his second of the night and gave Knox his 12th assist of the season, the most ever by a Crusader in a single season in program history. Knox now has 28 career assists, second-most all-time.
In the 23rd minute, Gordon completed his third hat trick of the season after Jamie Robson threaded a pass to the senior and he calmly converted from the left side. The goal was Gordon's 20th of the year, placing him second in Division III in goals this season. Just 20 seconds later, Muskingum cut Capital's lead to 3-1 with a goal from Mitchell Corey but that was all the scoring the Fighting Muskies could muster.
At the halftime break, Capital held an 18-1 lead in shots. After the break, the Crusaders picked up right where they left off with Luke Morais scoring 1:02 into the period off of another Robson pass. Three minutes after that, Robson sent a corner kick towards the back post and centerback Shane Niemeier headed the ball into the goal to put Cap up 5-1 and give Robson a career-high three assists..
Junior Tyler Wujczyk added another one in the 66th minute and five minutes later Wujczyk netted a brace in the 70th minute.
Capital finished the match with a 31-4 advantage in shots and took eight corners. The 31 shots were the most taken by Capital in a game this season. Senior goalkeeper Logan Wiedman faced only two shots on goal, allowing one score and making a save. Pedro Garcia relieved Wiedman late in the second half and played the final 18:40 of the game.
With the win, Capital improves to 11-3 overall this season and 5-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Crusaders will be on the road for the next two contests with a game at Ohio Northern University up next on Oct. 20. Kickoff in Ada is scheduled for 7 p.m.