Crusaders Roll to Victory Behind Fiorelli’s Hat Trick

Box Score

COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's soccer team got back on the winning track and got back to .500 Wednesday, scoring in a multitude of ways in a 8-0 victory over Penn State Altoona in a non-conference showdown at Bernlohr Stadium.Natalie Fiorelli action shot 2

Senior Natalie Fiorelli (Pickerington, Ohio; at right) scored three times unassisted in the first half to lead the Crusaders (3-3 overall), who outshot the Lady Lions 32-6 and held a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Capital dominated possession from the onset, holding PSU Altoona (0-6) to just a couple of early scoring opportunities in the first half, and one midway through the second.

"It was a good game not just because of the score line, but because we played a good game," Capital coach Chris Kouns said. "We started to increase our speed of play, and by doing that we were increasing our opportunities, and ultimately, as we get into conference play, that's what we need."

Freshman Kim Hoerauf (Worthington, Ohio) added to her team-leading point total with an unassisted goal in the 38th minute to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.

Fiorelli tallied twice more to close the first half, giving Capital a commanding 4-0 advantage.

In the 49th minute, junior Livvy Hein (Columbus, Ohio) took a pretty pass from sophomore Jessie Cermelj (Westerville, Ohio) and finished over the top of the keeper.

Freshman Jamie Murray (West Palm Beach, Fla.) added a goal in the 77th minute on a header off a corner kick by freshman Allison Mervau (Micanopy, Fla.).

Junior Holly Phillips (Bellbrook, Ohio) tallied in the 80th minute, rebounding a deflection off the goalkeeper. Hein capped Crusader scoring in the 83rd minute off an assist from Hoerauf.

"I was really proud of everybody who played," Kouns said. "We got a lot of minutes for a lot of people … with three games in the next five days, we needed that as well.

"It was a good kickoff point. Penn State Altoona was a team that beat us last year, so I'm sure they'll be back. They were a good, quality opponent."

Capital concludes its five-match home stand Friday against Denison. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m., or approximately 20 minutes following the conclusion of the men's game.