By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association has unveiled its 2018 All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio awards list with Capital University Men's Soccer well represented. Three Crusaders earned their ways onto the All-Ohio list and two were named Academic All-Ohio.
Headlining the selections on the All-OCSA First Team are forward Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) and midfielder Daniel Bundschuh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) while defender Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) was named Second Team All-Ohio. This is just the third time since 2006 that multiple Crusaders earned First Team All-Ohio honors. Bundschuh and Knox were also both named First Team Academic All-Ohio, the first time two Crusaders have earned that award in the same year.
Gordon, who became the first United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American in program history last month, was also named First Team All-Great Lakes Region, First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference and was the OAC's Forward of the Year. The senior scored 24 goals in only 18 games, tied for the third-most goals in the country. The 24 goals are tied for the second-most in a single season in program history and he led the OAC. Gordon recorded eight multi-goal games and had four hat tricks. In his career, Gordon scored 43 goals and tallied eight assists for 94 career points. Eighteen of his scores were game-winning goals.
Bundschuh was second on Capital with 20 points with eight goals and four assists, all career highs. The senior was also a key contributor to Capital's defense. In addition to his OCSA First Team selection Bundschuh was also named First Team All-OAC, Academic All-OAC and Second Team All-Great Lakes Region. Bundschuh was also named to the OCSA Academic All-Ohio First Team. Bundschuh finished his career with 17 goals, 10 assists and 44 points.
The team's lone Second Team All-Ohio selection, Knox, led the team and the OAC and was third in the country in assists with 16, a single-season program record for Capital. Knox was named First Team All-OAC, Academic All-OAC, Second Team All-Great Lakes Region and was named First team Academic All-Ohio. Knox's career year leaves him with 32 total assists, the most in program history with another season left to play. Knox also scored his first career goal in Capital's first round NCAA Tournament game.
To be eligible for Academic All-Ohio, a student-athlete must start more than 50 percent of the team's games, be a sophomore or higher in academic standing plus be in their second year at the institution (if a transfer), possess at least a 3.20 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games, and be a significant contributor to the team's success.
The 2018 Crusaders had more success than just about any team in program history as Capital advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row. Capital's selection marked the first time in program history that the team advanced to the national tournament in consecutive years. Capital's 15 wins were the most since 2009 and the team's eight OAC wins tied to program record for most conference wins in a season. The Crusaders scored 63 goals in their 20 games, a new program record. The team boasted seven All-OAC selections and six Academic All-OAC selections and head coach Alan Yost was named OAC Co-Coach of the Year.