By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ADA, Ohio – The Capital University men's soccer team asserted its dominance over its host Ohio Northern University in a 6-0 trouncing at Kerscher Stadium on Saturday night. Chewy Gordon went back to work and cranked out three more goals for his second hat trick in as many matches to lead the Crusaders to its 12th win of the season.
Capital senior Chewy Gordon (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) picked up right where he left off from his hat trick at Muskingum University earlier this week. His first strike came in the sixth minute when a deflection fell to his feet and then he went to work on goalkeeper William Velotta. Gordon placed his shot to the right side of the cage and gave Cap a 1-0 lead early in the contest, but he was far from finished.
As the clock turned into the 17th minute, Gordon struck again when he split a pair of Ohio Northern defenders to work towards his second goal of the match. His first shot was blocked down by the defense but the senior kept working through and collected his own shot and tapped it home to give the guests a 2-0 advantage.
The goal prompted multiple substitutions on the home side, but it did not slow down the Capital offense at all. Matt Scheper (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day) changed it up a bit for the Crusaders and added his name to the scoring column. Luke Morais went in for a shot on goal. Velotta knocked it down but did not corral it. Enter Scheper. The sophomore followed up the shot, collected it at the top of the box and took the shot that accounted for his first goal his collegiate career.
Capital then led the Polar Bears, 3-0, at the 31-minute mark which prompted an ONU goalkeeper change. John Lombardo took his post between the pipes but the goals kept coming for Capital. Not three minutes following the goal and the keeper switch Gordon returned to finish what he had started. With help from Daniel Bundschuh and Tristan Bentley, Gordon was fed a pretty pass which he finessed into the cage with a chip shot over the keeper's head.
The goal marked his 23rd of the season, a mark that contends for tops in the country, and completed his second hat trick in as many matches. Both times he completed the feat before the 35th minute of the match.
Capital dominated the first half with 11 shots to Ohio Northern's five. Despite those numbers nearly flipping in the second half, the Crusaders used great efficiency to tally two more goals on just five shots in the final 45. The two goals came from Crusaders who had already found the scoresheet earlier in the match.
Daniel Bundschuh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) benefitted from a ball bouncing around in the box following a corner kick and the senior short-range shot tickled the twine to extend Cap's lead. Bundschuh's goal in the 49th minute was his sixth of the season.
Tristan Bentley (Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop McNicholas) also tacked on a goal, his coming in the 60th minute of the contest. After pressure applied up front by Tyler Wujczyk, Bentley came in and cleaned up the rebound with a left-footed strike to put Capital up 6-0.
Capital (12-3-0, 6-1 OAC) will play another road match on Wednesday, October 24 against Wilmington College, which sets the table for its big rivalry match with Otterbein University next Saturday. Kickoff between the Quakers and the Crusaders is set for 7 p.m. in Wilmington.
Currently, Capital sits atop the OAC with 18 points and holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over John Carroll University who also had 18 points.