By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University senior Kara Hines became the program's first 200-goal scorer in Capital's last contest on March 24. On Friday, she scored a season-high seven times in the most explosive performance by a Crusader this season as the Purple and White downed Otterbein University 17-5 for Capital's first Ohio Athletic Conference win of the season.
Hines (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) wasted no time scoring career goals 202, 203 and 204 with a hat trick that took her 5:15 to accumulate and put Capital up 3-0 early. On her first goal, Otterbein's goalie made a successful save and then ventured behind the goal waiting for the Crusaders to retreat so the Cardinals could begin their clear attempt. Hines suck up behind her though, forced a turnover, retrieved the ground ball and shot on an open net to start the scoring.
The Crusaders scored five more goals, including a fourth from Hines, in the first 15 minutes of play to take an 8-0 lead before the Cardinals got on the board via a score from Cameron Finnegan with 8:53 left in the first half. Makenna Ozenghar (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) scored twice in the eight-goal run and Kathryn Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) and Regan Hanood (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) each found the back of the net as well. Hanood and Walton added another each before the half and the Crusaders led 10-1 at the break.
The second half began the same way the first did with four goals in a row from Capital. Hines opened the second-half barrage less than a minute in and then Walton scored her third and fourth goals of the contest. Hanood got her hat trick with 22:02 left in the game to put Cap up 14-1.
After two scores from Otterbein, Walton and Hines each struck again, giving Walton her fifth and Hines her sixth. Two more goals from the Cardinals followed and with less than a minute to play, Hines scored her seventh goal on a free position shot.
Hines' seven goals were the most scored by a Crusader this season as the team reached the 17-goal mark for the sixth time this year. Walton finished with five goals and an assist and Hanood assisted on five scores for the second game in a row. Hines also led the team with nine draw controls, four caused turnovers and six ground balls.
The Crusaders took 38 shots to Otterbein's 15 and Capital controlled every other team stat as well.
The Crusaders (8-1, 1-1 OAC) will play their final non-conference opponent of the year on Tuesday, April 3 when they welcome Oberlin College to Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium for a 7 p.m. contest.