Capital Battles the Georgia Heat but Falls to No. 6 Emory

Capital Battles the Georgia Heat but Falls to No. 6 Emory
EMORY, Ga. – The Capital University women's soccer team fought on two fronts in Sunday afternoon's match with nationally-ranked Emory University. While the southern heat and humidity impacted play, the Crusaders battled all the way to the end in a 3-1 loss to the Eagles.

Down 2-0, Chloe Brown (Monclova, Ohio) brought the Crusaders within on goal when she intercepted a failed clear attempt by Emory goalkeeper Liz Arnold. Her volley from the top of the box beat the keeper and halved the lead for the Eagles. The goal came shortly after the start of the second half, in the 49th minute.

Eventually, the heat and humidity took its toll on the Crusaders and Emory added one more score to seal the win. The third goal came against Kim Leitch, who came in off of the bench to start the second half, when a lead pass was taken in by goal scorer Karina Rodriguez.

Capital (5-3-0) had its chances with a shot that rocked the post plus multiple corner kicks that were intercepted by Arnold.

"I'm really, really proud of the way the kids battled today and the effort and fight they put forth," said head coach Chris Kouns. "I applaud our defensive effort in middle, led by Chloe [Brown], Mariah Richards, and Mary Bushee. Despite what the shot count may suggest Morgan Austin, Ashleigh Schmittle, and Kaitlyn Semelsberger did really well on the back line."

Rodriguez tallied her first of two goals on the day in the 12th minute while her teammate Jennifer Grant put in her second of the season in the 40th minute to take a 2-0 lead into the half. Both of those goals came against Alexis Brand, who started in goal for the Crusaders.

Emory came into the match ranked sixth in NCAA Division III by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

"This has been a great swing to see where we measure up," said Kouns. "I am really excited about OAC play with the lessons we have hopefully gained from Carnegie Mellon and Emory. We know that we can play with these teams and now it is just about getting the consistency to finish them off."

Capital has played two top-10 teams in the last week. They also took on No. 5 Carnegie Mellon University, whom they lost 1-0 to at home.

The Crusaders will play two more nonconference matches to prepare for the conference season. They will host Earlham College (Ind.) at home on Saturday, Sept. 27 and then close out the month with its last nonconference match with Ohio Wesleyan University on Sept. 30.