Women's Soccer Defeated in Double Overtime at John Carroll

Midfielder Maura Fortino. (Andrea Kjerrumgaard photo)
Midfielder Maura Fortino. (Andrea Kjerrumgaard photo)


UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio - The Capital University women's soccer team suffered a 2-1 double overtime loss at John Carroll on Saturday night in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup.

Capital (11-5-1 overall, 4-2-1 OAC) was first to score just three minutes into the game, as junior midfielder Maura Fortino (Philadelphia, Pa.) headed in her fourth goal of the season off an assist from fellow midfielder in sophomore Claire Quinn (Coto de Caza, Calif.). 

The Crusaders held off the Blue Streaks in the opening half, maintaing their 1-0 advantage at halftime. 

In the 60th minute, John Carroll evened the score at one goal apiece on their first goal of the game. Neither team managed to take the lead for the remainder of regulation, forcing an overtime period. 

After one scoreless overtime period, the contest was forced into a second 10 minute overtime period.

With just 41 seconds remaining and the game on the verge of a 1-1 draw, John Carroll tallied the game-winning goal to capture the conference home win.

"The loss was a very dissapointing end to our week," said head coach Chris Kouns. "We had some great training sessions coming in and some high hopes. Unfortunately, at this time, we aren't showing the type of mentality it takes in the final third to put teams away."

It was just the second OAC loss of the season for the Crusaders and their third overtime game of the season, as they have now posted a 1-1-1 record games requiring extra time.

Junior goalkeeper Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio) was a key factor in helping keep the Blue Streaks offense at bay, saving four of the six shots on goal that she faced on the night.

"There were some great individual efforts tonight and hopefully the attacking mindedness we saw all week in practice will come back," Kouns said.

With the loss, Capital is now scheduled to host Heidelberg on Oct. 29 for senior day at Bernlohr Stadium. First kick is slated for 4 p.m.