Top Moment #9: Men’s Soccer Earns NCAA Tournament Win in Second Consecutive Year

The 2018 Crusaders beat Westminster (Pa.) 4-1 to claim the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament win (photo credit: Naji Saker).
The 2018 Crusaders beat Westminster (Pa.) 4-1 to claim the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament win (photo credit: Naji Saker).

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The countdown of the Top 10 Moments of 2018-19 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next five weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.


Top Moment #9: Men's Soccer Earns NCAA Tournament Win in Second Consecutive Year

Moving along in our countdown, Capital Men's Soccer turned in one of the most impressive campaigns of any of our teams, punctuated by a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the second postseason win in program history. On Nov. 10, the Crusaders dismantled first-round opponent Westminster College (Pa.) 4-1 in a performance that mirrored Capital's season-long dominance.

Thirteen minutes into the contest, the Crusaders drew first blood with a superb free kick by Greg Knox from more than 50 yards out. Knox, who is known more for his assists, lofted the ball into the penalty area and into the goal just out of the reach of Westminster's keeper's outstretched arm for his first career score. The Titans equalized later in the first half but three second-half goals for the Crusaders sealed the win.

The first goal of the second period was a penalty kick smashed home by Daniel Bundschuh to restore Capital's lead and the second was a follow-up score by Nick Scharfenberger after a failed clearance by Westminster's defenders. A header by Sam Spirk sailed over the keeper's head and iced the win for Capital.

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The game was Capital's eighth of the season with at least four goals scored and the win was the team's 15th of 2018, the most for the program since 2009. The four goals also added to a record-setting team total of 63, the most in a single season in program history, breaking the previous record of 61 set in 1985.

 


Honorable Mention: Greg Knox Sets Program Assist Record in Title-Clinching Win over Otterbein

Before the Crusaders received their slot in the national tournament, they first clinched a share of the OAC regular season title with a 5-0 trouncing of rival Otterbein University on Oct. 27. The huge win was Capital's first OAC title since 2008 and the fifth in program history. The game was historic for another reason as well as Knox broke the program record for most career assists as a junior. In the 14th minute of play, Knox uncorked one of his famous throw-ins and fellow defender Cole Moscovic blasted the ball into the back of the net to open the scoring. The assist was the 30th of Knox's career, breaking a tie with John Ploeger and breaking a record that had stood since 1979. The Oxford, Mich., native finished his junior campaign with 16 assists, the most in a single season in program history after he tied the previous program record of 11 last year.

Full recap  |  Box score  |  Photo gallery

 

Relive the Top 10 Moments

Moment #10 - Josh Miller Earns First Career OAC Championship -- link

Moment #9 - Men's Soccer Earns NCAA Tournament Win in Second Consecutive Year -- link

Moment #8 – Monday, June 24

Moment #7 – Wednesday, June 26

Moment #6 – Monday, July 1

Moment #5 - Wednesday, July 3

Moment #4 - Monday, July 8

Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 10

Moment #2 - Monday, July 15

Moment #1 - Wednesday, July 17

 

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