By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Top 10 Moments of 2017-18 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next four weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
#6: Amanda Kachaylo Beats the Clock to Lift Women's Soccer Over Rival Otterbein
There are few feelings better than the one that overcomes you when you defeat your rival, though it could be made to taste sweeter if one were to do it in overtime, as time expired, on their rival's home field. And … action!
After two overtime losses coming into a late-September conference match, the Capital women's soccer team was looking to change its fortunes. Being away from CU on Homecoming was rough, but all was forgiven later in the day. The Crusaders were pushed into a third consecutive overtime match after losing a 1-0 lead against rival Otterbein but the Purple and White's Amanda Kaychalo beat the buzzer with mere seconds remaining to deliver the knockout blow to the Cardinals.
Carlee Murry's goal in the seventh minute got the Crusaders off to a good start and all looked like the game would end in regulation until Otterbein's Myiah Kelley tied it up in the 82nd minute. Though momentum and shot count sided with the hosts the Crusaders needed just one shot to end it all. Heading toward the near-side corner, Chloe Brown lofted a pass over the heart of the field and found senior midfielder Amanda Kachaylo trailing the offense, unattended. Kachaylo then lept and put a boot on the ball in mid-air and the result was a celebratory purple mob at the near post to commemorate the 2-1 overtime win!
The win not only turned around the team's overtime fortunes and earned Cap its lone victory on Homecoming Weekend but also set in motion a stretch in which Women's Soccer won five out of its next six matches.
Honorable mention: Jordan Fike scores in the 89th minute to advance Capital in the OAC Tournament
Conditions were less than favorable as wind and rain blew through Bexley in Capital's OAC semi-final match with John Carroll University on Nov. 1, yet despite it all CU was able to display a sunny disposition after the game. Though Capital controlled the tempo and possession for most of the second half the match remained scoreless after 88 minutes … until Jordan Fike happened. With fewer than two minutes left, Capital played the ball into the box. After glancing off of Carlee Murry's head, Fike found herself in the right place at the right time and buried home the loose ball. Cap went on to win, 1-0, eliminating JCU and sending the Crusaders to the OAC Tournament championship. -- relive the moment --
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Graham Green Wins Ten Straight Singles Bouts to Begin Career -- link
Moment #9 - Cap Women's Golf Smashes Records at 2018 OAC Championship and Katie Lease Earns All-OAC -- link
Moment #8 - Senior Day Celebration! Baseball Completes Sweep of Mount Union with Extra-Inning Walkoff -- link
Moment #7 - Cap Men's Hoops Upsets John Carroll in Regular Season Finale -- link
Moment #6 - Amanda Kachaylo Beats the Clock to Lift Women's Soccer Over Rival Otterbein -- link
Moment #5 - Friday, July 13
Moment #4 - Monday, July 16
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 18
Moment #2 - Friday, July 20
Moment #1 - Monday, July 23
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