Bentley Nets a Brace as Knox Ties Career Assist Record in Capital Win

Pictured: Tristan Bentley (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Tristan Bentley (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

WILMINGTON, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer kept its recent hot streak burning on Wednesday night when the Crusaders traveled to Wilmington College for the final road contest of the 2018 regular season. After half an hour of scoreless soccer, Capital's fearsome offense sprung to life and the Crusaders pulled out a 3-1 victory over the Quakers.

The scoring began in the 32nd minute with a goal from Wilmington native Sam Spirk. The freshman found the back of the net with a header from none other than Greg Knox to put the Crusaders ahead. The assist was Knox's 13th of the season and 29th of his three-year career, tying him with John Ploeger for the most career assists in program history. And although Knox did not add to his career total over the game's final 60 minutes, the Crusaders added to the score.

Capital took a 9-4 advantage in shots into the halftime break and in the second half connected on the second shot of the period. From 30 yards out, junior Tristan Bentley tried his luck and ripped a shot towards goal. As the ball approached the goal it took a deflection off of a defender and sailed into the back of the net in the 58th minute.

Wilmington pulled one back to cut Capital's lead to one in the 76th minute with a goal from Niklas Martensson but the two-goal lead was quickly restored. In the 83rd minute, Bentley netted a brace off a cross from Daniel Bundschuh that set the junior forward up deep in the Wilmington penalty area. Bentley connected with the ball for his fifth score of the season. It was the first multi-goal game of Bentley's career and he has now scored in two-straight contests after finding the back of the net on Saturday against Ohio Northern University.

Wednesday's contest was Capital's ninth game this season in which the team scored at least three times and 11th in which the team allowed one or fewer scores. Senior keeper Logan Wiedman made six saves for the Crusaders on Wednesday.

With the win, Capital is now 13-3 overall and 7-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Crusaders are tied with John Carroll University are tied for first in the OAC but Capital holds the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed in the OAC Tournament after beating the Blue Streaks 1-0 on Oct. 6 in double overtime. If the Crusaders win on Saturday, Capital will have home-field advantage throughout the conference tournament regardless of John Carroll's result. With a win or loss though, Capital is guaranteed a bye into the tournament semifinals and will host one of the semifinal games. The Crusaders will finish the regular season with Senior Night on Saturday, Oct. 27 against rival Otterbein University. Kickoff against the Cardinals is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium with the team's four seniors to be honored before the game.