COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's soccer team suffered a tough 1-0 loss against No. 6 nationally ranked Carnegie Mellon on Sunday at Bernlohr Stadium.
In the first half of play, Carnegie Mellon controlled possession of the ball for the majority of the opening frame, limiting Capital to just four shots.
Perhaps the best shot on goal opportunity in the opening half for the Crusaders came in the 20th minute, as junior midfielder Maura Fortino (Philadelphia, Pa.) unloaded a shot just outside the box, deflecting off a Tartan defender out of bounds.
At the break, the Crusaders were outshot 11-4, including a 7-3 margin in shots on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Alexis Brand (Orlando, Fla.) made a major impact in goal for Capital in the first half, saving seven of the 11 shots she faced.
As the second half of play unfolded, neither team managed to manufacture a decent look on goal, as both the Crusaders' and the Tartans' defense was stellar.
Both teams initiated a physical style of play for the majority of the second half, not allowing one another any easy looks on the offensive end of the field.
However, Carnegie Mellon eventually broke through the Capital defense, scoring the game-winning goal in the 81st minute of play off a shot inside the box.
The Crusaders managed to unload a few additional shots over the final nine minutes of action, but to no avail, as Capital fell in just its second loss of the season, 1-0.
"This game was a measuring stick game for us and I am pleased with where we stood," said head coach Chris Kouns. "Sure, we would have loved to been more threatening or not given up a goal with eight minutes remaining, but, overall we improved our defending and found a couple combinations we did not expect. There are definitely positives coming from this loss."
Cartmill led the Crusaders in total shots (2), while three other players tallied one shot apiece to equal Capital's total of five shots for the game.
Brand was a major factor in helping keep the Tartan scoring threat at bay, saving 11 shots on a total of 23 faced on the evening.
"I was very pleased with our defending block of six and our goalkeeping today," Kouns said. "Alexis Brand handled almost everything that came her way, whether it was a direct shot or deflection. They put forth a terrific effort and I was very pleased knowing that continuity happened against a very dynamic team."
With the loss, Capital (4-2 overall) will now prepare for a pair of road contests in Georgia, as the Crusaders will face Agnes Scott (Ga.) on Sept. 19 and Emory (Ga.) on Sept. 21.