Capital’s Defense Clamps Down on the Muskies

Capital’s Defense Clamps Down on the Muskies

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's women's soccer team shutdown the opposing offense on Wednesday evening at Bernlohr Stadium.

Though no goal was scored in the first half, it was a half that was dominated by Capital (6-6 overall, 3-1 OAC). Muskingum University (4-9, 1-3) struggled to get the ball on Capital's side of the field, only getting off only a single shot that was saved by sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Klotzsche (Avon, Ind.).

The Purple and White's offense came alive after intermission, scoring three goals in a span of less than five minutes, early in the second half.

 Freshman forward Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio) scored the match's first goal after being set up in the box by teammate Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.). The goal was Fike's fifth of her young career.

Less than a minute later, the Muskies fouled Claire Quinn (Coto de Caza, Calif.) inside the box, giving her a free kick opportunity. Quinn took her position, lined up the shot and sent it past the outstretched hands of the Musky goalie.

The flurry continued after Quinn's goal as Capital found themselves with the ball near the Muskingum goal. Carlee Murry (Hilliard, Ohio) dribbled the ball before taking a close-ranged shot. Muskingum's Liz Mitchell made the save at the expense of leaving the net exposed. The ball deflected back to Murry, who tapped the ball past the Muskingum defender for Capital's final goal of the match.

The Muskies answered in the 55th minute with its only goal in the match from senior midfielder Morgan Price.

Capital's defense held Muskingum to just three total shots while firing off 37 of its own, the most since at least the 2011 season. Cartmill paced all players with eight shots.

The Crusaders resumes action on Saturday, Oct. 15 when they travel to Alliance, Ohio to take on The University of Mount Union (6-6-1, 2-1-1) at 1:00 p.m.