Capital Stings Baldwin Wallace on Senior Night

Pictured: Carlee Murry
Pictured: Carlee Murry

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the final regular season match of the season, Capital University Women's Soccer (9-7-1, 7-2-0 OAC) made sure that it was heading into the postseason on a high note with a 3-1 win against Baldwin Wallace University (11-7-1, 4-4-1 OAC) on Friday night. The Crusaders also sent their seniors off with a memorable win.

Sophomore forward Carlee Murry (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) scored twice for the Crusaders, including the game-winner. In the 66th minute with the score tied at one goal a side, Murry scored her first of the night, a goal off a defender's poor clearance attempt.

Murry added her second just several minutes later in the 69th minute, a header off of a cross from Abby Gruber (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North). The goals were Murry's fourth and fifth of the season.

After a pregame ceremony in which the team and fans celebrated the careers of the six seniors on the Capital roster, the Crusaders began the match on the offensive. Although Capital wasn't able to score in the first half, the Crusaders outshot the Yellow Jackets 8-2 in the opening 45 minutes.

Capital began the second half with much of the same energy it had in the first and just a minute in, Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) opened the scoring. With the ball moving towards BW's goal, Amy Burt (Piqua, Ohio/Piqua) passed the ball to the right wing to Fike. Fike then made a move to spin past a defender, took two dribbles in and took a shot that found the left corner of the goal. The score was Fike's fourth of the season.

Fifteen minutes later, Baldwin Wallace's Kori Miller equalized but then Murry went to work.

In the second half, Capital outshot Baldwin Wallace 12-4. Coming into the match, the Yellow Jackets had scored the second-most goals in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

All six Capital seniors played in the match, including defender Caroline Hester Milford, Ohio/Milford), who has missed the majority of the season due to injury but started the final match of her career before being subbed off.

The win pushed the Crusaders to 7-2-0 in conference play, meaning that the team will have a first-round bye in the OAC Tournament. The Crusaders will now have to wait to see whom they will play in the OAC Tournament Semifinals.