Women's Soccer Shuts Out Mount Union at Home

Freshman Amanda Kachaylo. (Jeff Mills photo).
Freshman Amanda Kachaylo. (Jeff Mills photo).

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's soccer team defeated Mount Union, 3-0, in shut out fashion on Saturday in the Crusaders' initial Ohio Athletic Conference matchup of the season at Bernlohr Stadium.

Capital (8-3 overall, 1-0 OAC) entered the match having won its last two games, including the Crusaders final nonconference contests of the regular season.

Freshman midfielder Amanda Kachaylo (Moon Township, Pa.) scored the first goal of the match in the 23rd minute, netting a goal from the far side of the box, sailing her shot over the Purple Raiders goalkeeper into the top right side of the net.

Neither team managed to score for the remainder of the first half, as the Crusaders outshot the Purple Raiders, 13-5, in the opening half of play.

Three different Capital players recorded two or more shots in the first half, including sophomore Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) who unloaded five shots in the initial frame.

Junior midfielder Maura Fortino (Philadelphia, Pa.) opened the second half with a score in the 46th minute, as sophomore Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) set up Fortino on a shot to the low right corner of the Purple Raiders' goal.

Nearly 15 minutes went by before Kachaylo netted her second goal of the game, scoring on a high arching shot across the box and inside the far post.

The Crusaders managed to register multiple shots over the final 30 minutes of action, eventually securing a three-goal victory in OAC play.

"I could not be more proud of our effort or pleased with our focus," said head coach Chris Kouns of his team's performance. "As we entered into OAC play we've been having some terrific training sessions and it really showed this afternoon. I loved our possession and our ability to break down

the Mount Union team a number of different ways. I also really loved the way we defended as a unit and paid attention to the details.  If we continue to bring this effort and focus on a daily basis we will have a real opportunity to do something special."

Leading the way for the Crusaders was Kachaylo, as she tallied her fourth and fifth goals of the season. Fortino recorded her second goal of the year on her goal at the beginning of the second half.

Cartmill picked up the lone assist of the game, notching her fifth of the season.

With the win, the Crusaders are now scheduled to begin a two-game road trip, beginning with a trip to Muskingum on Oct. 7.  First kick is slated for a 7 p.m. start in New Concord, Ohio.