Women’s Soccer to Host John Carroll in OAC Quarterfinals

Women’s Soccer to Host John Carroll in OAC Quarterfinals

 

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COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's soccer team begins postseason play on Tuesday against John Carroll in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Bernlohr Stadium. The matchup will feature one of two quarterfinal contests to open conference tournament play, as the Crusaders will square off against the Blue Streaks at 2 p.m.  

Road to the OAC Tournament

Capital concluded its 2014-15 regular season campaign this past Saturday with a 2-1 overtime win against Baldwin Wallace, earning the Crusaders the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.

The Crusaders began OAC regular season play on Oct. 4 with a 3-0 shutout victory over Mount Union, having posted a 7-3 record in non-conference action up until that point in the season. Capital then recorded a pair of wins and one draw in its next three contests, before suffering its initial loss in conference against Ohio Northern on Oct. 18.

Over the course of the final four games of the regular season, the Crusaders won three of four games, outscoring their opponents 14-2 in the trio of victories. The lone loss for Capital came against John Carroll on Oct. 25 in a 2-1 double overtime defeat in University Heights, Ohio. Capital is 7-3 at home so far this season.

John Carroll in turn capped off its regular season campaign last Saturday, posting a 1-1 draw in double overtime against Muskingum, leading to the Blue Streaks receiving the sixth and final seed in the OAC Tournament.

The Blue Streaks last loss dates back to Oct. 29 at Mount Union, where the Purple Raiders won 2-0 in regulation.

After beginning its regular season with just two losses through its first 10 games, John Carroll finished off its final eight games tallying a 3-2-3 record in OAC play. The Blue Streaks are 5-2-2 in road matches on the year.

Last Meeting

The most recent meeting between the two teams came back on Oct. 25 at Don Shula Stadium in University Heights, Ohio, where the Crusaders suffered a 2-1 defeat in double overtime.

Junior midfielder Maura Fortino (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored the game's initial goal in the third minute of play, coming off an assist from fellow midfielder in sophomore Claire Quinn (Coto de Caza, Calif.).

Following a 1-0 halftime lead, Capital then surrendered the game-tying goal in the 60th minute, as John Carroll notched its first score of the game.

Neither team managed to take the lead over the final 30 minutes of play or in the first period of overtime, forcing a final 10 minutes of extra time. With just 41 seconds remaining in double overtime, the Blue Streaks found the back of the net for the game-winning goal, capturing the home OAC victory.

Familiar Foes in OAC Tournament Play

In last season's OAC Tournament, both teams met for the second consecutive year in postseason play, this time in the conference tournament championship match.

Capital tallied a pair of first half scores in a span of 12 minutes, before tacking on an additional set of goals in the final 10 minutes to shutout the Blue Streaks, 4-0, at Bernlohr Stadium.

The game also was the platform to which the Crusaders used to propel them into the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the National Semifinals.

Prior to last year's OAC Tournament meeting, Capital also faced John Carroll at home in the quarterfinals of the 2012 conference tournament, where the Blue Streaks defeated the Crusaders on penalty kicks following two overtime periods.

Game Details

First kick in the opening round of the OAC Tournament begins on Tuesday at 2 p.m., as No. 3 seeded Capital faces No. 6 John Carroll at Bernlohr Stadium.

The winner of the quarterfinal match will advance to the conference semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 6, traveling to No. 2 seeded Ohio Northern for a 4 p.m. match in Ada, Ohio.

Live coverage of Capital's matchup against John Carroll will be available on Tuesday at athletics.capital.edu.

Be sure to follow the Crusaders women's soccer team throughout the OAC Tournament via the Capital Athletics website and social media for the latest news and updates.

ADMISSION

- Quarterfinals/Semifinals/Finals - $7

- OAC Student with valid ID - Free

- Non-OAC Students 18 years and under - $2

- Senior 62 years and older - $5

- OAC Lifetime Passes will be honored for all championships (regular-season passes will not)