Women’s Soccer Grinds Out 2-1 Win at Juniata

Pictured: Becca Cartmill (photo credit, Jeff Mills)
Pictured: Becca Cartmill (photo credit, Jeff Mills)
HUNTINGDON, Pa.Becca Cartmill and Amanda Kachaylo displayed the makings of a potential dynamic duo with their play in Saturday's 2-1 win over Juniata College. Each hit the back of the net, while Kachaylo posted a multi-point showing in the nationally-ranked Crusaders' second win of the season.

For the second consecutive match, the Crusaders (2-0) wasted no time in marking up the scoreboard. In the seventh minute, Kachaylo (Moon Township, Pa.) scored her first collegiate goal on a well-played diagonal ball from junior Maura Fortino (Philadelphia, Pa.). Fortino picked up the assist after delivering a spot-on pass from mid field. Kachaylo finished it by beating the defender to create good position for the scoring shot.

Capital went into the half being outshot, 5-2, but junior keeper Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) made a trio of saves to keep the Eagles off of the board. Juniata's only goal came off of a miscue on a clear attempt, which Eagles midfielder Devin Kos took advantage of by putting away the score after Leitch lost her footing.

The Crusaders' defense held that 1-1 tie with nearly 30 minutes left before the eventual game-winning goal was scored by Cartmill. Kachaylo entered the scoring column for a second time by setting up Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) for the score. Kachaylo found Cartmill up the right side where the sophomore spun her defender around with shifty footwork, leading to a clear path toward the net. With a clear shot, she booted her third goal of the weekend to give Capital a 2-1 lead that they rode out to victory.

Leitch earned her second win of the year, this one in full time, making three saves in the process.

"I am extremely, extremely proud of how the ladies came out of this weekend," said head coach Chris Kouns. "Across the board, everybody made a contribution. For a young team this is pretty important and equally impressive."

Twenty-one different players hit the pitch for Capital, making this the second straight match more than 20 or more Crusaders made an impact over the weekend.

The match was Juniata's first of the season, dropping them to 0-1 on the year.

Cartmill ends the weekend with three goals and one assist for a grand total of seven points. Kachaylo scored twice and added a helper for five points over the weekend.

Capital, ranked No. 14 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), will host a two-day tournament on Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6 at Bernlohr Field next weekend. The Crusaders will play Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.) in the opener at 4 p.m. and follow with defending North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) champion Allegheny College (Pa.) on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast online at athletics.capital.edu.