The Capital University women's soccer team is set to host Baldwin Wallace in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament finals on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.
After capping off their regular season campaign on Nov. 1 with a 2-1 overtime win over Baldwin Wallace, the Crusaders earned the No. 3 seed in the conference postseason tournament. The Yellow Jackets received the No. 4 seed with the loss.
ROAD TO THE OAC FINALS
Capital comes into Sunday's match having reached the OAC Tournament finals for the second consecutive season and third time in the last four years.
The Crusaders earned a spot in the conference tournament championship game after winning 1-0 in their quarterfinals match at home in an overtime contest against No. 6 seeded John Carroll this past Tuesday and on the road at No. 2 seeded Ohio Northern on Thursday.
In their overtime victory over John Carroll on Tuesday, freshman Shelby Johnson (Brentwood, Calif.) found the back of the net for the lone goal of the match in the 95th minute, scoring off a rebounded loose ball from the Blue Streaks goalkeeper.
This past Thursday, Capital traveled to Ohio Northern where Johnson again scored the game-winning goal off a shot from 18 yards out to the far post. Johnson's game-winner against Ohio Northern was her fourth goal in the last six games.
Baldwin Wallace will enter the championship game having advanced to the OAC Tournament finals for the first time since 2005, reaching conference postseason play in six of the last eight years.
The Yellow Jackets punched their ticket to the finals of the conference tournament after defeating No. 5 seeded Mount Union 1-0 in a quarterfinals match at George Finnie Stadium this past Tuesday, followed by a 2-1 victory over No. 1 seeded Otterbein on Thursday.
Against Mount Union, freshman defender Courtney Schutz (Mentor, Ohio) scored off an assist from junior midfielder Alex Elliott (Blacklick, Ohio) in the 55th minute, scoring the lone goal of the contest.
In their most recent game at Otterbein, they Yellow Jackets scored the game's initial goal in the 27th minute, as Schutz was on the assisting end of junior forward Cheryl Bell's (Piqua, Ohio) goal. The Cardinals then responded, tying the game at one goal apiece with 10 minutes left until halftime. Nearly 40 minutes passed until sophomore defender Kelly Gough (Hudson, Ohio) found the back of the net for the game-winning goal, which was again assisted by Schutz.
The last time Capital and Baldwin Wallace met in the conference tournament was in 2010 when the Crusaders proved victorious in a 2-0 shutout victory over the Yellow Jackets in a quarterfinal match at Bernlohr Stadium.
In its previous four meetings with Capital, Baldwin Wallace has posted a 1-3-0 record against the Crusaders, with all four matchups coming during OAC regular season play. At Bernlohr Stadium, the Yellow Jackets have recorded an 0-3-0 mark over the past three regular season meetings.
Both teams also met in this year's regular season finale on Nov. 1, which required an overtime period before junior midfielder Mariah Richards scored the decisive goal in the 98th minute off an assist from sophomore midfielder Claire Quinn, defeating the Yellow Jackets 2-1 at home.
CRUSADERS CLUTCH IN POSTSEASON
Capital is no stranger to overtime in postseason play either, as two of its NCAA Tournament games in 2013 featured double overtime contests. The Crusaders are 5-0-1 in their last six OAC Tournament games in which they have hosted.
SEASON LEADERS FOR CAPITAL
Leading the way for the Crusaders so far this season is sophomore forward Becca Cartmill, who leads the OAC in shots (84), while also ranking in the top five in points (23), goals (8), and assists (7).
Freshman midfielder Amanda Kachaylo has also played a key role in igniting Capital's offense, placing second on the team and tying for sixth in the conference in points (20) and sitting tied for fifth in goals (8).
Junior goalkeeper Kim Leitch has solidified herself as one of the top shot stoppers in all of the OAC, placing in the top four in the conference in goals against (13), goals-against average (0.76), and save percentage (.841).
As a team, Capital ranks first in the conference in goals scored (45), as well as third in goals allowed (18) and goals-against average (0.83). Capital is 8-3-0 in home matches on the year.
SEASON LEADERS FOR BALDWIN WALLACE
Leading the way for Baldwin Wallace so far this season is Schutz, who leads the OAC in assists (11), while also placing fifth in points (21) and has earned a tie for 16th in goals (5).
Elliott, Gough and Bell have all played key roles in jump starting the Yellow Jackets offense this year, as all three have scored at least six goals on the season, including Elliott's team lead and tie for the league's fifth best mark in goals (8).
Junior goalkeeper Emily Tallmadge has also been a key component to the team's defense, ranking fifth in the OAC in saves (93) and goals-against average (1.08). Baldwin Wallace is 5-4-2 in road games.
The OAC will be providing a live broadcast of Sunday's conference tournament final at Bernlohr Stadium.
Access to the live video stream on Sunday will be available shortly before first kick at 2 p.m. To view the live stream, visit the link provided at the top of the page.
- 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)