Defense Clamps Down on Agnes Scott

Defense Clamps Down on Agnes Scott
DECATUR, Ga. – The defense that Capital University Women's Soccer prides itself on rose to the occasion in its Friday evening match at Agnes Scott College. The Crusaders scored more goals than the Scotties had shots on goal in their 3-0 win. Capital is now 5-2-0 overall on the season.

Both the Crusaders' defense and offense were in top form in their shutout victory. Capital scored in the first third of the opening half when freshman Chloe Brown (Monclova, Ohio) scored the first goal of her collegiate career. It began with Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) taking a ball up the left side of the field and crossing it to Brown. Brown sent in a one-timer to the back post, beating Scotties goalkeeper Sydney Holstad. The goal was scored in the 18th minute of play.

Between the stout defense, led by Brown and fellow backliners Ashleigh Schmittle, Mary Bushee, and Kaitlyn Semelsberger, the Crusaders did not allow a single shot attempt in the first half of play. On the other end, Capital rattled off seven shot attempts, but the offensive frenzy had only just begun.

Agnes Scott (1-3-0) did not get their first recorded shot attempt until the 50th minute, one of just two they had throughout the match. Meanwhile, the Crusaders peppered Holstad with 11 shots, six of which were on goal.

Capital eventually broke through with two more goals late in the second half. Bushee set the table for both goals, which were scored less than one minute apart.

In the 87th minute, Bushee sent in a well-placed cross pass to Holstad's left side, leading sophomore Taylor Atkins (Bethel, Ohio) into a perfect position to tap home Capital's second goal. It served as Atkins' third goal of the season, which now ties her for second-most on the team.

Though the game was well in hand with just minutes to play, Cartmill added one more goal to the Crusaders' scoring line just 42 seconds later. After moving the ball upfield once again, Bushee found Cartmill on her way to the cage. Cartmill broke free and finished with a strong strike from 18 yards out to put Capital up 3-0. The goal was the sophomore's team-leading fifth of the season.

The Crusaders then worked the clock and their defense finish what it had started with a dominating performance to complete the shut out.

"Overall, we are pleased to get the win," said head coach Chris Kouns. "Any time you spend as long as we did on a bus, you are always curious what your first game is going to look like. I was really pleased that we put the game away like we were supposed to."

Bushee's assists marked her first two points of her career at Capital.

On Capital's defense, which allowed a season-low two shots and one shot on goal to the Scotties, Kouns said, "We had some really strong performances from Ashleigh [Schmittle], Melissa Spurbeck, and of course Becca [Cartmill]. There were lots of positive to help us move forward and we will build off the success for when we play Emory on Sunday."

As part of their tour of the Peach State, Capital will play Emory University (Ga.) on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.