By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
MARIETTA, Ohio – After a sleepy start on Wednesday afternoon in Marietta, Capital University Women's Soccer's offense woke up in the second to score four goals in Capital's 4-1 win over Marietta College (6-7-2, 2-4 OAC).
Capital (7-6-1, 5-1 OAC) was able to break the tie in the 63rd minute with a goal from Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). After a Capital cross deflected off of a Marietta defender, Fike was able to corral the loose ball and send it into the upper left-hand corner of the goal. The goal was Fike's third of the season.
Eight minutes later, Fike helped double Capital's lead by assisting a Mary Bushee (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos) goal. Bushee received the ball from Fike at the top of the six-yard box and deposited it into the upper right corner of the goal. The score was Bushee's second of the season.
Marietta was able to pull within one in the 72nd minute thanks to a goal from 20 yards out from Chloe Williams, her fourth of the year.
Chloe Brown (Monclova, Ohio/Anthony Brown) made it a two-goal game again in the 82nd minute with a goal from just inside the 18-yard box. The goal was her first of the season.
Just four minutes later, Bridget Mallin (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) scored Capital's fourth goal of the afternoon and her second of the season from the top of the 18-yard box, sealing the win for the Crusaders.
The game started as a defensive battle with only 10 total shots in the first half. Capital had a slight 6-4 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes.
The Crusaders started quickly with two shots in the first five minutes of the second half and things only escalated from there. Capital took 17 shots in the second half and finished with a 23-8 advantage in shots for the game.
Goalkeepers Katie Conkle and Kelly Bachmann (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) delivered when they were called upon but Capital's offense was too much for Conkle to handle. Conkle allowed two goals but also made eight saves. Rebecca Tenney subbed in for Conkle in the 80th minute and allowed the last two goals. Bachmann made two saves before being subbed out for Hannah Klotzsche (Avon, Ind./Avon) at the start of the second half.
With the win, Capital is now 5-1 in Ohio Athletic Conference play and second in the OAC standings.
The Crusaders will continue their road trip when they take on John Carroll University on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.