COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's soccer team improved to 2-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play after handily defeating Muskingum University, 7-0, at Bernlohr Stadium on Wednesday night.
Capital (6-4-0, 2-0-0 OAC) featured six different goal scorers and was led by junior Gennifer Vandeventer, who scored twice. Her goals were the first of her Capital career. Sophomore Chloe Brown (Monclova, Ohio) also had a four-point game with two assists and one goal.
Senior Maura Fortino (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored the game's opening goal 7:48 into the contest when she benefitted from Brown ringing the crossbar with a shot. The rebound came back into the field of play where Fortino turned and shot toward the cage, giving Capital a 1-0 lead.
Junior Monique Hanayik (Sidney, Ohio) and sophomore Mary Bushee (San Marcos, Calif.) both scored their fourth goals of the seasons in the 11th and 19th minutes, respectively. Brown collected her second helper on Hanayik's goal. Bushee cleaned up a loose ball in front of the Muskingum goal to put the Crusaders up three scores 18:27 into the game.
Muskingum goalkeeper Liz Mitchell was injured on Capital's third goal, prompting the insertion of Heather Maxwell. Capital relentlessly attacked following the substitution and scored four times on the new keeper. Brown scored her first goal of the season when she collected a feed from Bushee and tapped it in on the near post.
Vandeventer scored her goals on both sides of the half, first notching a goal in the 44th minute and then striking again after causing a turnover deep in Muskingum territory and taking it to the cage herself.
Senior Emily Krause (Macedonia, Ohio) rounded out the Crusaders' scoring with her second goal of the season at 74:17.
Capital outshot Muskingum, 26-8, and held a 5-1 advantage on corner opportunities.
In her first collegiate action, freshman goalkeeper Hannah Klotsche (Avon, Ind.) earned her first career win. She made four saves in 80:59 before giving way to junior Jordan Lyle (Sunbury, Ohio), who made one save while in net.
Capital will return to Bernlohr Stadium on Saturday night to play defending OAC champion and rival Otterbein University. The Crusaders will put the bow on Homecoming Weekend with a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Cardinals.