COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's soccer team defeated Earlham (Ind.), 4-0, on Saturday at Bernlohr Stadium.
In the opening half of play, nearly 30 minutes passed before the game saw its first score, as sophomore midfielder Claire Quinn (Coto de Caza, Calif.) tallied the game's first goal in the 30th minute off an assist from junior defender Morgan Austin (Jeromesville, Ohio).
Quinn's goal came off a superb shot from 20 yards out, arching the ball past the Quakers goalkeeper into the top right side of the net.
At the half, Capital managed to outshoot Earlham, 9-5, in the first half of action, while tying the Quakers with one corner kick apiece.
As the second half of play unfolded, the Crusaders extended their lead to 2-0 in the 63rd minute, as freshman midfielder Shelby Johnson (Brentwood, Calif.) found classmate in defender Mary Bushee (San Marcos, Calif.), in the box for the score past the Quakers goalkeeper.
Sophomore forward Taylor Atkins (Bethel, Ohio) added to Capital's lead in the 72nd minute, shouldering the ball across the goal line off a corner kick from Johnson.
Just three minutes later, the Crusaders posted their fourth and final goal of the match as Johnson recorded her first goal of the game off a ball misplayed by an Earlham defender.
In total, Capital outshot Earlham 24-5, including a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal for the Crusaders.
The second half was very much a team effort with everyone playing," said head coach Chris Kouns. "If we can continue to get the younger players to contribute at that level, and couple that with the outstanding second half efforts given by several of our returners, I think we will put ourselves in a good position to be successful in October"
Leading the way for the Crusaders was Johnson, who recorded her second assist and goal on the season.
Quinn tallied also tallied her second score of the year, while Bushee checked in with the first goal of her Capital career. Austin picked up her initial assist of the season in the win.
"I was pleased to see some of the things we have been focusing on in training coming out in the game today," Kouns said. "Although we had some players a little dinged up coming into the game today, and we were a bit slow starting the first half, in the second half we really were able to focus on some positives and take a step in the right direction."
With the victory, Capital (6-3 overall) is not set to begin Ohio Athletic Conference play, as they host Mount Union on Oct. 4 in the Red Card Cancer game at Bernlohr Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. that afternoon.
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