Cap Men’s Soccer Sweeps OAC Player of the Week Honors

Pictured: Shane Niemeier (left) and Chewy Gordon (right) (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Shane Niemeier (left) and Chewy Gordon (right) (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – For the first time since the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards were introduced in 2014, Capital University Men's Soccer has swept the conference's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week awards. Senior forward Chewy Gordon received the offensive award for the third time this year and sophomore defender Shane Niemeier earned the first conference award of his career.

Gordon started his week with a bang on Oct. 17 against Muskingum University when in the span of six minutes, the Westerville, Ohio native found the back of the net three times to nab his third hat trick of the season. Gordon opened the scoring in the 18th minute after dribbling through three defenders and rocketing a shot past the keeper. His second came in the 20th minute on a header from Greg Knox and he completed the hat trick in the 23rd minute off a pass from Jamie Robson. The header off the pass from Knox gave Knox his 13th assist of the year, the most in a single season in program history. The Crusaders beat the Muskies 7-1.

Gordon did not slow down against Ohio Northern University on Oct. 20 as he opened the scoring in the sixth minute. He then cleaned up a rebound in front of ONU's net in the 17th minute for his second goal and chipped a shot over the goalkeeper's head in the 34th minute to complete his fourth hat trick of the year. Capital beat the Polar Bears 6-0. Gordon now has 23 goals this season, one shy of tying Steven McCarthy for the second-most goals in a single season in Capital history.

As explosive as Gordon was offensively, Niemeier was as sound on the defensive side of the field. The Crusaders allowed only one goal over two games as Niemeier anchored Capital's backline from the center back position. The Bellbrook, Ohio native also scored his first career goal for good measure against Muskingum. Niemeier has started all 15 games in the middle of the defense for Capital this year as the Crusaders have kept five clean sheets and allowed only one goal in four games.

With the two wins, the Crusaders have won two in a row and six of their last seven while improving to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in the OAC. The Purple and White will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 24 when the team travels to Wilmington College. Kickoff at Williams Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.