The Wright State men's soccer team clinched the Horizon League regular-season title Friday night, scoring two second half goals for a 2-0 decision at Valparaiso.
It was a scoreless match until senior forward Eric Lynch broke through with his sixth goal of the season at the 57:54 mark of the second half. Lynch connected on a shot from 30 yards out as it snuck past the goalkeeper into the left back of the net. Senior forward Peguy Ngatcha was credited with the assist, his fourth of the year.
Sophomore midfielder Jackson Dietrich then provided Wright State with an insurance goal at the 86:33 mark, his first of the year as he also connected on a 30-yard shot just beyond the outstretched hands of the goalkeeper. Lynch picked up his sixth assist of the season on the play.
Freshman goalkeeper Joel Sundell recorded his fifth shutout of the year, recording three saves in the process.
WSU outshot the Crusaders 20-15, while Valparaiso had an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The win allowed the Raiders to clinch the Horizon League title outright for the first time ever after earning the #1 seed in the league tournament with a 2-1 overtime win over Milwaukee last Saturday at Alumni Field.
Wright State (11-5-2, 7-1-1 Horizon) will host the league semifinals and finals next week at Alumni Field, starting with the semifinals at 4:00 and 7:00 on Thursday, November 10. The Raiders will face the lowest remaining seed from Monday's first round, either Oakland, Green Bay or Valparaiso.