By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference announced its All-OAC teams on Thursday morning and Capital University Men's Soccer is heavily represented after winning the OAC regular season title and earning the number one seed in the OAC Tournament.
Seven Crusaders were named to All-OAC teams while head coach Alan Yost was named Co-Coach of the Year and senior forward Chewy Gordon was named Forward of the Year. Capital's seven selections are tied with John Carroll University for the most All-OAC nods from a single school this year. This year's seven selections tie the program record for most All-OAC honorees in a single season.
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Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) also was named First Team All-OAC for the second consecutive season and is joined on the first team by defender Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) and midfielder Daniel Bundschuh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills). These are the second all-conference awards for Knox and Bundschuh after Knox was named Second Team All-OAC last year and Bundschuh was Honorable Mention All-OAC in 2016.
Junior forward Tristan Bentley (Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop McNicholas) earned a spot on this season's All-OAC Second Team while forward Luke Morais (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South), defender Cole Moscovic (Novi, Mich./Novi) and goalkeeper Logan Wiedman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) were all named All-OAC Honorable Mention.
Gordon, one of the most prolific and electric goal scorers in the country is currently tied for second in Division III with 24 goals, smashing his previous high of 12 goals that he set last year. The senior has scored four hat tricks this season and has eight multi-goal games. Gordon's 24 scores are eight more than the next-best goal total in the OAC. Gordon's 49 points also lead the OAC and rank fifth in the country. Among OAC players with more than 10 shots, Gordon is the most accurate when it comes to finding the back of the net with a .375 shooting percentage. His .594 shots on goal percentage is tops among OAC players with more than 20 shots and second among conference players with more than 10 shots. Nine of Gordon's goals this season were game-winning scores, the most in the OAC and second-most in the country. The 24 goals are tied for second-most in a single season in program history. Gordon was named OAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10, Oct. 1 and Oct. 22.
Gordon was not the only Crusader setting records this year as defender Greg Knox rearranged several program leaderboards. The junior has recorded 16 assists this year, the most in a single season in program history, breaking the old single-season mark of 11 that he tied last season. Knox now has 32 career assists and with his 30th career helper on Oct. 27 he became the program leader in career assists, passing John Ploeger's mark of 29 that was set when he represented Capital from 1976-79. Knox has two games this season with three assists, the program mark for most assists in a single game.
An ever-present force in the Capital midfield, Bundschuh is second on the team with seven goals and is fourth with four assists. Both of those marks are the best of his career as is his tally of 18 points. Both Knox and Bundschuh also contributed to Capital's defensive efforts this year as the Crusaders allowed the opposing team to score only 21 times, tied for the third-fewest in the OAC.
Junior Tristan Bentley claimed his first conference honor while acting as a super-sub off of Capital's bench for much of the season. The forward has put the ball in the back of the net six times this season and scored four goals in a three-game stretch from Oct. 20-27. Capital won all three of those games against Ohio Northern University, Wilmington College and Otterbein University by a combined score of 14-1. Bentley scored twice against Wilmington.
The All-OAC Honorable Mention trio of Morais, Moscovic and Wiedman each contributed in a different phase of the game. Morais, an honorable mention recipient last year as well, scored a career-best six goals this season including a hat trick on Sept. 8 against Waynesburg University (Pa.). He also recorded five assists, another career mark. Moscovic was a defensive force when healthy and on Oct. 27 against Otterbein, the junior scored the first goal of his career, a strike that proved to be the game-winning goal.
In his first year as the starting goalkeeper, Wiedman had big shoes to fill after Justin Niswonger earned OAC Goalkeeper of the Year in 2017. The senior did not disappoint. Wiedman compiled a 13-4 record between the pipes and allowed only 17 goals in his 17 games. The 13 wins are tied for tops in the OAC. Wiedman was one of only six OAC keepers with at least 15 starts and among those six he allowed the third-fewest goals. The senior ranked second in the conference with 80 saves and second in save percentage at .825, just .003 percent behind the conference leader. Wiedman kept five clean sheets and recorded two nine-save games, tying the program record for most saves in a game. For his performances, Wiedman was named OAC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17 and Oct. 8.
On the touchline, head coach Alan Yost guided the Crusaders to the program's third-ever NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament appearance and second consecutive national tournament berth. The Crusaders have a 14-4 overall record and 2018 is the third consecutive year Capital has won more than 10 games, the first stretch of that kind since Capital had double-digit win totals every year from 2005-10. Capital's 8-1 OAC record is the best conference record for the Crusaders since 1989 when the team also went 8-1. The program has never had more than eight conference wins. The program was also ranked 22nd in the country on Sept. 11 by the United Soccer Coaches.
The Crusaders will have the opportunity to add to their win total on Saturday, Nov. 10 when Capital will take on Westminster College (Pa.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Case Western Reserve University. Kickoff between the Purple and White and the Titans is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at DiSanto Field. Should Capital beat Westminster, the Crusaders will play the winner of Case Western and Keystone College (Pa.) on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. For more information on the upcoming tournament games, visit the regional site homepage and read the weekend preview.