COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nationally-ranked Capital University women's soccer team suffered its first defeat of the season on the final day of its own Invitational Tournament. Allegheny College scored both of its goals in the final 12 minutes of the match to will its way past Capital, 2-1, at Bernlohr Stadium.
Capital (3-1) held the advantage for most of the first half, despite being outshot early. Quality chances were with the Crusaders, while Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) made three saves to keep the Gators off of the board.
Shelby Johnson (Brentwood, Calif.) gave the Crusaders the lead in the 65th minute with her first collegiate goal. Johnson received a well-placed feed from reigning Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) and finished the job by beating Gators keeper Gabby Curtis to her right.
The momentum shifted following Capital's goal. Allegheny amped up its pressure and began penetrating the Crusaders defense for the duration of the contest. After a deflection induced an Allegheny corner kick, Brianna Layman lined up and launched the ball toward the Capital cage. Bending toward the near-side corner, the ball whittled through traffic and found the back of the net to tie the match at one goal each.
The energy shifted from sideline to sideline as both teams longed for the go-ahead goal, but it was Allegheny who marked the game-winning tally before regulation ended. After the clocked dipped below one minute remaining, the Gators made their final push that resulted in the deciding goal.
Jessie Thiessen, the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year, dribbled down the near sideline and beat a host of Crusaders defenders to create her own shot. From just inside the box, her boot made its way to the top-nearside corner with 50 seconds to go.
Capital mounted one final rally and pierced the Gators' back line, but was unable to get a quality shot off to equalize the match.
"That is a very, very disappointing way to have the result come out," said head coach Chris Kouns. "Of course you cannot win every game and sometimes the other team will just be the better team and beat you. However, that was not the case today. Yet again the goals Allegheny scored resulted from our own self-inflicted situations."
Allegheny (3-2) held the advantage in corners taken, 8-2, as well as shot attempts, 14-12.
Capital will bounce back with its next match against Waynesburg University (Pa.) on Friday, Sept. 12 at Bernlohr Stadium.
"Moving forward we know that we will focus on our defending, we know that we will focus on our communication and we will get better," continued Kouns. "Eventually, we will get it all together. We have too much potential, too much ability, and too much opportunity for improvement not to get it together. But like all coaches we simply want it sooner rather than later."