By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer returned to the friendly confines of Bernlohr Stadium for the first time in two weeks against Thomas More College and made up for the lost time by giving the Capital fans more than 90 minutes of action. The Purple and White faithful went home ecstatic though after Chewy Gordon netted the game-winning goal five minutes into overtime in Capital's 3-2 win.
With the score tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, Capital had a chance to push ahead after a failed attack by Thomas More. Goalkeeper Logan Wiedman snagged a cross attempt from the Saints and booted the ball down the field and into a dangerous are. Gordon deftly controlled Wiedman's kick, spun and ripped a shot that ricocheted off the right post. Luke Morais was right there and headed an attempt towards goal but Thomas More's keeper just got enough of it to push the ball over the crossbar.
Still, Capital was threatening with a corner. Greg Knox sent the ball deep into the six-yard box and past the keeper. Gordon, determined to not let another chance slip by, got his body in front of the ball and simply guided it into the net in the 95th minute. The goal was his third of the game to give him his second hat trick of the season and it was the second Knox to Gordon connection of the night. Gordon leads all players in Division III with 12 goals this year and with his two assists, Knox leads the country with nine helpers.
Gordon opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a laser shot from 28 yards out off of a pass from Luke Morais, pushing him into double-digit goals on the year. Thomas More leveled the score in the 38th minute with a strike following a defensive miscue and then in the 65th minute, the Saints took a 2-1 lead.
Just five minutes later though, Gordon equalized for the Crusaders. While on the defensive, the Saints sent the ball out of bounds allowing Knox the opportunity to unleash one of his powerful throws. Knox let one rip towards the middle of the six-yard box and Gordon leapt to meet it with his head and steered it in. The goal for Gordon, who had not scored in either of Capital's past two games, gave the senior his fifth multi-goal game of the season and the assist from Knox was his first since Sept. 8.
Thomas More had several more chances to squeak out a win in regulation, including two shots in the final three minutes but Capital's defense held strong until the end of regulation. The Saints took the first shot in the overtime period but that was the only attack they could muster before Gordon's winner.
Capital held a 9-6 advantage in shots in the first half but Thomas More had a 14-8 lead in that department in the second half and ended the game with a 21-20 advantage. However, Capital took seven more corners than the Saints and had only one fewer shot on target.
Wiedman made four saves and improved his record to 5-1 in 2018.
The 6-1 Crusaders will host Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the second game of a doubleheader with Capital Women's Soccer. The women will also host OWU at 4 p.m.