Men’s Soccer to Open Tournament Run with Heidelberg at Home

The Crusaders have earned a first-round home match and will take on Heidelberg on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 pm. from Bernlohr Stadium. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
The Crusaders have earned a first-round home match and will take on Heidelberg on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 pm. from Bernlohr Stadium. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The field is set for the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament. With its win on Saturday night plus a little help from around the league, third-seeded Capital University Men's Soccer will host sixth-seeded Heidelberg University in the first round of this year's tournament.

No. 3 Capital (11-6-1, 5-3-1 OAC) and No. 6 Heidelberg (11-4-1, 4-4-1 OAC) will play their first-round matchup on Tuesday, October 31 at 7 p.m. from Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium. If Capital wins, they would then play second-seeded John Carroll University (15-2-1, 7-2-0 OAC) on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in University Heights, Ohio.

Otterbein University is serving as this year's top seed after running the table in conference play this season. No. 4 Ohio Northern University and No. 5 Marietta College will also play in the first round on Tuesday night.


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Capital finished the regular season on a high note with a 3-1 win over Baldwin Wallace University behind a two-goal, five-point night from junior Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central). The Crusaders have won or tied three of their last four matches, including a 3-2 win over their first-round opponent, Heidelberg. Their lone loss in that time was against their potential upcoming opponent, John Carroll, by a 2-0 count.

Last year, Capital was also the number-three seed coming into the first round of the tournament and defeated the University of Mount Union, 1-0, before being eliminated by Ohio Northern in the semi-final round.

Capital seeks its first OAC Tournament championship since 2009 when that team defeated No. 20 Ohio Northern in a shootout following a 2-2 tie. They then went on to the NCAA Division III Tournament with its automatic qualifying bid but lost to Transylvania in overtime, 1-0.

Capital is led by a pair of players that reside in the top-5 in an offensive category. Gordon is fifth in the league with nine goals on the season. Sophomore Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) is tied for third with nine assists this season.

 

TOURNAMENT ADMISSION INFORMATION

$8 for adults

$6 for seniors (62)

$3 for non-OAC students.

OAC students are admitted free of charge with valid ID.

OAC 2017-18 passes are not valid for the tournament.

OAC Lifetime passes will be honored.