Capital Men’s Soccer Prepares for OAC Tournament Championship Against Otterbein

Capital will be facing an Otterbein team that led the OAC in goals and allowed the fewest goals in the the conference in the OAC Tournament Championship on Saturday. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Capital will be facing an Otterbein team that led the OAC in goals and allowed the fewest goals in the the conference in the OAC Tournament Championship on Saturday. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer will travel to Westerville on Saturday to take on the top-seeded team tournament in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, the rival Otterbein University Cardinals, in the OAC Tournament Championship.

The three-seeded Crusaders (12-6-2, 5-3-1 OAC) upset No. 2 John Carroll University in penalty kicks on Thursday night to punch their ticket to the finals. Otterbein beat No. 4 Marietta College 2-1 in overtime to advance.

Otterbein (16-2-0, 9-0-0) has scored the most goals in the conference this season with 49 and allowed the fewest, 13. The lethal combination of a high-powered offense and impenetrable defense has led to an undefeated conference record and current 14-game winning streak. The Cardinal defense has been especially stingy in the first half, having allowed only three goals all season in the first 45 minutes.

Kennedy Mensah leads Otterbein with 10 goals and has 21 points, the most on the team. Pau Piang and Erick Jaurez-Manning each have 10 assists this season, tied for the second most in the conference with Capital's Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich./Oxford).

Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville, Central) leads Capital with 11 goals this season, which is tied for third in the conference.

Otterbein goalkeeper Collin Hoffman has started all 18 matches for the Cardinals and leads the OAC with a .835 save percentage. His 13 goals allowed are the fewest in the conference and his 0.74 goals against average is tops in the OAC as well. Hoffman has recorded seven shutouts.

In the team's previous meeting, Otterbein beat the Crusaders 1-0 at Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium in each team's OAC opener. Zach Lewis scored the only goal in that contest on Otterbein's only shot on goal. Capital was only able to get two shots on goal.

Kickoff for the championship game will be at 7 p.m.