By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer (6-6-1, 4-1 OAC) is continuing its roll through Ohio Athletic Conference play with a 2-0 win against the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (8-4-1, 2-2-1 OAC) on Saturday.
From the opening whistle, Capital's offense pushed the pace and comfortably controlled the ball in Mount Union's third for much of the first half. Capital dominated the possession and the only offense Mount Union was able to get came on the counterattack.
Amanda Kachaylo (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) got the scoring started for the Crusaders in the 33rd minute. With Capital working towards Mount Union's goal, Mary Bushee (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos) dribbled the ball down the left sideline and cut in towards goal. Bushee ripped a shot that Mount Union keeper Paige Freel was able to deflect but Kachaylo was in the right spot at the right time and tapped the deflection over the line to put Capital up 1-0. The goal was Kachaylo's second of the season.
The Crusaders continued to pressure Mount Union and in the 45th minute, Amy Burt (Piqua, Ohio/Piqua) doubled Capital's lead. After a Crusader throw-in, Burt controlled the ball and made a move to turn toward goal. After taking a step, she then blasted the ball into the net from just inside the edge of the box.
In the first half, Capital outshot the Purple Raiders 17-3.
In the second half, Mount Union came out with a much more aggressive approach and was able to gain some possession in Capital's defensive third. However, The Crusader defense played as well in the second as the offense did in the first.
After getting only one shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes, Mount Union forced Capital goalkeeper Kelly Bachmann (Zionsville, Ind/Zionaville Community) to make five saves in the second. Bachmann finished with six saves and her second straight OAC shutout. Capital's offense finished with eight shots on goal and a 21-9 advantage in total shots.
The Crusaders will be on the road for their next contest on Wednesday, Oct. 18, a showdown with Marietta College. That game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. kickoff.