Women’s Soccer Drops First OAC Contest

(Jeff Mills photo).
(Jeff Mills photo).


COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's soccer team fell, 1-0, to Ohio Northern on Saturday in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest at Bernlohr Stadium.

Ohio Northern tallied the game's first score in the 11th minute off a shot in the box, proving to be the lone goal of the opening half of play.

Capital managed to unload eight shots in the first half, two of them coming on goal, while the Polar Bears totaled nine shots in the initial half.

In the second half, the Crusaders managed to increase their shot attempts, unloading 10 shots in the second period, registering 18 for the entire match.

The Crusaders took three shots in the first 10 minutes of the second half, steadily increasing their offensive attack following multiple shots on goal.

However, despite six shots on goal, Capital did not manage to find the back of the net through 90 minutes of play, eventually dropping its first OAC game of the season.

"We are really disappointed with the result today," said head coach Chris Kouns. "When a team is better than you, coming up on the short end hurts. However, the fact that we had two compounded mistakes on the giveaway for their goal and then had the ball for the entire second half but couldn't finish is really a difficult thing to swallow."

Junior goalkeeper Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio) helped keep the Polar Bears scoring at a minimum, five of six shots faced in just her second loss in goal on the year.

"Credit to Ohio Northern though, as they won the game and have put us in a difficult spot going forward for the OAC tournament," Kouns said. "Now we will regroup, and hopefully find a little more attacking mentality next week."

Capital's next game is scheduled for Oct. 21 in an OAC matchup at Marietta. First kick is set for 4 p.m. in Marietta, Ohio.