Capital Comes Up Short Against #10 Wisconsin-Whitewater

Freshman defender Mary Bushee. (Jeff Mills photo).
Freshman defender Mary Bushee. (Jeff Mills photo).

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's women's soccer team opened the season at home on Thursday night against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Capital played the tenth-ranked Warhawks tough before surrendering a goal early in the second half.

The Warhawks' attack got started early as Carly Pottle took two shots in the first two minutes. The first half played out evenly as both goalkeepers held their own against aggressive offensive attacks. Sophomore Hannah Klotzsche (Avon, Ind.), receiving her third career start, made three saves against seven shots in the first half.

In the 48th minute, Wisconsin-Whitewater's Pottle zipped a pass across the field where she connect with Brianna Reid for the assist and score. The score forced the Crusaders to aggressively attack the net but Sara Klimisch held her own, making seven stops against as many shots.

Leading group of freshman that was impressive in its first action, Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio) paced Capital with four shots. Fellow freshman Caelyn Reineke (Celina, Ohio) and junior Chloe Brown (Monclova, Ohio) took two shots apiece.

Klotzsche ended the night with six saves while receiving her first loss of the season.

On the Warhawk side, Pottle led all players with an assis and six shots, three of them on goal. Seven other Warhawks recorded shots.

The Crusaders out-shot Wisconsin-Whitewater 14-13 but took only four corner kicks to Whitewater's six.

Capital returns to the field next Monday, Sept. 5 for a match against Thomas More (Ky.). The match begins at 1:30 p.m.