In the first game of the season, Capital University Women's Soccer (1-1) scored at the perfect time to seal a win. In the second, that goal never came in a 2-0 loss to No. 8 Thomas More College (Ky.) Tuesday night.
Both teams enjoyed long periods of possession throughout the game and were often able to get into their offensive sets. For much of the first half, neither team was able to carve out any real separation and both had successful counterattacks. The Saints (2-1) managed to get two shots on goal inside the first 10 minutes of the game but Hannah Klotzsche (Avon, Ind/Avon) was able to get in front of both of them. Carlee Murry (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) got Cap's first shot on Thomas More's Aleyna Heyman in the 14th minute. With about five minutes to go until halftime, Capital had perhaps their best scoring attempt to that point, a header from Caelyn Reineke (Celina, Ohio/Celina) delivered from the right side of the box on a cross from Eryn Bernard (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) that was saved by Heyman.
Both teams traded shots for the rest of the period until TMC was able to break through with less than a minute until halftime.
With 52 seconds remaining until the break, Thomas More's Mariah Gilbert let a shot rip that was blocked before reaching Klotzsche. The ball then ricocheted off of a defender and fell in front of Olivia Nienaber who buried it in the goal to give the Saints a 1-0 advantage. Thomas More took eight first-half shots compared to Capital's five.
After the break though, the Crusaders were clearly the more aggressive team. Capital was able to take four shots in six minutes to start the half but only two were on target. Cap had two more promising chances in the 66th minute off of a free kick by Allyssa Kimbler (London, Ohio/London) that forced Heyman to come out on the ball and hit it away. Heyman's clearance landed right in front of Murry but Heyman again was able to fall on the ball and end the scoring threat. Capital took 11 shots in the second half.
The Saints took only six shots in the second half but once again were able to get the ball past Klotzsche. Abby Stadmiller added the insurance goal for TMC from the center of the box off a service from Cori Ziegler in the 81st minute. Capital remained aggressive for the final 10 minutes, taking three more shots but weren't able to convert a consolation goal. Cap's final chance came off a corner with less than a minute to play but Mary Bushee's (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos) shot was saved.
Capital ended the game with a 16 to 14 advantage in shots and eight to seven advantage in shots on goal.
The Purple and White will look to get back in the win column on Friday, Sept. 8 when they face another tough test against No. 22 Carnegie Mellon (Pa.). Kickoff at Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m.