Capital Men’s Soccer’s Record-Setting Season Ends in NCAA Tournament Second Round

Photo Credit: Taylor Gibbs
Photo Credit: Taylor Gibbs

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer's record-setting 2018 came to a close on Sunday at Case Western Reserve University in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The Crusaders battled hard just as they have all season but an explosive second-half performance by CWRU was too much to overcome in a 3-0 defeat.

After a scoreless first half, Case Western pushed ahead less than six minutes into the second half. The Spartans earned a corner on the right side of the field that was whipped into the box by Connor Weber and thumped home by Garrett Winter. Less than 30 seconds later, the Spartans doubled their advantage with a shot on the counter by Zachary Senft from the left side.

Case then added an insurance goal in the 73rd minute on a shot by Peter Dernelle from the right side of the penalty box.

For the game, Case attempted 12 shots and the Crusaders took nine.

The best chance for Capital in the opening 45 minutes came in the seventh minute when forward Tristan Bentley won the ball deep in Case Western Reserve's defensive third. Bentley then cut to his right towards the center of the field and had a clean shot at goal but CWRU keeper Charlie Fink made a strong save to keep the game scoreless.

In the first half of the play, the Crusaders took five shots, four of which were on goal. The Spartans attempted only three first-half shots, two on goal.

Bentley had another golden opportunity in the early stages of the second half when a pass was threaded into the six-yard box just 46 seconds after the break but Fink stepped up to meet the shot. Fink failed to make a clean save but the Spartans cleared the ball.

Fink made six saves in the game and Capital keeper Logan Wiedman made four.

With the loss, Capital concludes the season with a 15-5 overall record as the third Capital team to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The team tied the program record of eight conference wins during the regular season behind an explosive offense and stingy defense. The Crusaders scored a program-record 63 goals in 20 games as both forward Chewy Gordon and defender Greg Knox rearranged the program's leaderboards for goals and assists. The 15 wins are also the most wins by the team since 2009 when the team won 16. Sunday's game marked the final games in the careers of seniors Gordon, Wiedman, Daniel Bundschuh and Luke Morais.