November 7: Capital's women's soccer team had a season to remember under first-year head coach Matt Ogden, putting together a season in which the team finished a perfect 9-0 in conference play.
A few days prior to the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship game, the Crusaders defeated Baldwin Wallace University in an overtime game that was won on a goal from Mariah Richards, 42 seconds into the overtime period.
The victory set up a championship meeting between Capital and Ohio Northern University, the two teams with the top conference records. The two squads played each other in a close double overtime match earlier in the season, a match the Crusaders won, 2-0.
The championship match proved to be just as exciting with scoreless overtimes and a back-and-forth shootout. The Polar Bears were in control for most of the match before scoring twice to take a lead into the final minutes of regulation. With time a factor, Capital turned up its offensive pressure which resulted in multiple shots inside the box. One of those shots found its mark off the foot of Monique Hanayik, tying the contest with less than three minutes to play.
Both defenses held strong throughout the rest of regulation and two 10-minute overtime sessions, resulting in a five-round shootout. Senior goalkeeper Kim Leitch made a huge stop diving to her right and getting a piece of an attempt to give the Crusaders the early advantage. Claire Quinn, Becca Cartmill and Hanayik all made their shots, but Richards was unable to connect as Ohio Northern's goalkeeper Emily Brodict made the save to even the score.
Ohio Northern's Hannah Moloney sailed her shot above the crossbar before senior Maura Fortino stepped to the line, making her move to the left while Brodict anticipated a move to the right, allowing Fortino to score the game-winning goal, completing Capital's perfect conference season.
With the win, the Crusaders clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament where they were sent to Centre College in Danville, Ky. Capital defeated Hanover College in the first round before falling to host Centre.
Previous Top Ten Moments of 2015-16
#3 - Capital University Hosts NCAA Semifinals at The Capital Center (link)
#4 - Logan Allison Sweeps Jumps at OAC Championships (link)
#5 - Thompson's Monster Game Helps Crusaders Defeat No. 11 Calvin (link)
#6 - Fortino and Richards Both Crowned All-Americans (link)
#7 - Women's Lacrosse Hosts and Wins First Home Postseason Game (link)
#8 - Football Edges Muskingum on Historic Night (Link)
#9 - Holbrook Outlasts OAC's Best at Fall Championship (link)
#10 - Jason Coon Proudly Represents Capital at Nationals (link)
The top moment of 2015-16 will be revealed on Thursday, July 7! Who or what will it be?