By: Allison Lowe, assistant sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men’s soccer team will play its first regular season game against Geneva College this Friday night on the road. Last season, the team won a share of the regular season title and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they secured a first-round win for a second consecutive year. Capital Men’s Soccer looks to continue its success in hopes of earning an OAC Tournament championship title and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Crusaders return several key players to the roster this year. All-conference and Second Team All-Great Lakes Region selection, senior Greg Knox (Oxford, Mich. / Oxford) will return to the turf this season as part of the Crusader’s defense. Last year Knox tied for third in assists per game in NCAA DIII men's soccer. Also returning is forward and All-OAC Second Team selection, senior Tristan Bentley (Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop McNicholas). Midfielders, senior Jamie Robson (Canal Winchester, Ohio / Canal Winchester) and junior Nick Scharfenberger (Louisville, Ky. / St. Xavier) will also take the field this season for the Purple and White.
Additional key players returning include defenders, senior Cole Moscovic (Novi, Mich. / Detroit Catholic Central) and junior Shane Niemeier (Bellbrook, Ohio / Bellbrook). Moscovic was named All-OAC Honorable Mention for the 2018-19 season. Junior goalkeepers Kyle Morais and Pedro Garcia will compete for the start in net this season.
Capital will play a total of 17 regular season games this season, nine at home, seven on the road, and one at a neutral site. The Crusaders loaded their schedule with strong opponents including Denison University, Ohio Wesleyan University and the College at Brockport.
The Crusaders finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 15-5 (8-1 OAC). The team seeks a third consecutive trip to the national tournament. The recent release of the OAC preseason coaches’ poll placed the Crusaders in the number two spot behind preseason favorite and defending OAC Tournament champion, John Carroll University.
Capital finished up its preseason games and are set to begin its 2019 season at Geneva on Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. Following two away matches, the Crusaders will host their first home match on Sept. 6 against Case Western Reserve University.