By Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The best way to get over a loss is to turn right around with a victory and that is exactly what Capital University Women's Soccer did on Saturday afternoon.
After losing on Friday, the Crusaders (2-2) returned to Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium 24 hours later and beat DePauw University (0-3), 2-0.
Right out of the gates, Capital looked energized and determined to score their first home goal of the season. Passing was crisp, possession was building and the team was more composed moving up the field. Cap was controlling play for the first 15 minutes of the game and their control paid off in the form of their first goal.
In the 16th minute, Carlee Murry (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) was moving the ball up the right side before she unleashed a cross ahead and across the field. Murry's pass landed perfectly at the feet of Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) in the penalty box, who then beat a defender and sent the ball into the goal to put Capital up 1-0. The goal was Capital's first since their opening game of the year.
The Crusaders had five shots in the first half, four of which were on goal. Capital had a chance to add to their lead in the 31st minute but Mary Bushee (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos) got a poor touch on her shot attempt with only the goalkeeper in her way.
The Capital offense was inspired from the start of the game but the defense was noticeably stronger as well. After allowing five first-half goals on Friday, the Tigers werent even able to get a shot off in the first half on Saturday. DePauw only took one shot in the second. That shot in the second was goalkeeper Hannah Klotzsche's (Avon, Ind./Avon) only action on the day.
Despite the lead, Capital remained aggressive after halftime and recorded five more shot attempts. Cap scored an insurance goal with about six minutes remaining to seal the victory. Similar to the goal in the first half, Chloe Brown's long-distance cross led Caelyn Reineke (Celina, Ohio/Celina) right into a shot that she converted from the left side.
Fike led the team with three shots on the day, followed by Bushee and Reineke with two apiece.
Capital now has more than a week to prepare for their next match on Sunday, Sept. 17, a trip to Wright State. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.