ADA, Ohio – Capital University women's soccer team took part in a battle between a pair of stout defenses on Saturday afternoon at Kerscher Stadium.
The match had a slow start as both team's tried to feel each other out defensively. As a result, the first shot of the match did not happen until five minutes into the match as freshman forward Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio) went on the attack, only to have her shot saved by Ohio Northern University (8-3-0 overall, 2-1-0 OAC) goalkeeper Meagan Grierson.
The match's lone goal came halfway through the first half when Ohio Northern's Missy Ward scored the goal after receiving a cross from Shelby Stephens. Following the goal, the Polar Bears continued to attack as they got off three consecutive shots. Capital (5-6-0, 2-1-0) was unable get on the board before half, allowing Ohio Northern to take a 1-0 lead into intermission.
Claire Quinn (Coto de Caza, Calif.) put a corner kick in play and found Chloe Brown (Monclova, Ohio) in the box, but Brown's shot was too far left of the net. Four minutes later, the Purple and White nearly scored a goal as Grierson made a save against Mary Bushee (San Marcos, Calif.). Both defenses clamped down as the score remained 1-0 in favor of Ohio Norther until the final seconds ticked off the clock.
The Crusaders continued this season's trend of outshooting opponents as it registered 15 shots to the Polar Bears' 12. Capital also maintained an advantage in corner kicks, leading 7-5.
The Crusaders return to action at home on Oct. 12 against Muskingum University (4-8, 1-2). The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.