Dion Strikes Again with Game Winner to Propel Cap to 3-0 Start

Pictured: Sydney Dion (photo credit: Tim Janz)
Pictured: Sydney Dion (photo credit: Tim Janz)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer found themselves down to Transylvania University due to an early miscue, but it did not serve as a permanent setback on Wednesday night. The Crusaders came back with a pair of goals to knock off the Pioneers, 2-1, and improve to 3-0-0 on the season.

For the second match in a row, sophomore Sydney Dion (North Olmsted, Ohio/North Olmsted) struck the game-winning goal to lift the Crusaders to victory. Dion's second goal of the season came in the 54th minute to break a 1-1 tie between the two teams. Capital drove the ball deep into Transylvania territory where freshmen Kailey Stanisovska (Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) tapped back a pass to Dion. Dion then launched a laser shot past the diving Transylvania keeper to put the Crusaders up, 2-1. For Stanisovka, the assist served as her first career point.

Strong goalkeeping served as the perfect complement to Dion's eventual game-winning strike. The only blemish on Capital's line came from an own goal that was scored just before the turn of the eighth minute of the match. Outside of that, sophomore Kelly Bachmann (Zionsville, Ind/Zionsville Community) prevented any further damage with two saves to take a 1-1 tie into the half.

Goalkeeper Hannah Klotzsche (Avon, Ind./Avon) entered the match at the beginning of the second half and the senior answered the call just as the Pioneers started to increase the tempo of their attack. Transy nearly doubled its shot count and put 11 shots toward the Capital cage in the second half. Of those, five landed on frame and Klotzsche made her presence known by stopping each of them. Three times a Pioneer striker placed a solid shot toward the cage and without Klotzsche's intervention would have resulted in a certain score. Wednesday's 45 minutes of solid play was Klotzsche's first action of the season and she earned the win, the 14th of her career.

Capital's first goal came off the boot of junior Carlee Murry (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby), serving as her second of the season. Fellow junior Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) fed a pass through the Transy defense and from nearly 20 yards away, Murry leveled the game by beating the keeper to the near post.

Murry led the Crusaders with four of the team's 10 shot attempts. Three Pioneer players matched her shot count, feeding into Transy holding a 17-10 advantage on shots for the evening.

Capital is now 3-0-0 overall, marking just the third time the team has pitched that record in its first three games since 2009 and the first time in four seasons. Capital has not started a season 4-0-0 at least since 2006. In 2010, Capital went 3-0-1 in its first four games which serves as its best start in the last 12 seasons.

The Crusaders will now begin a streak of four consecutive road matches traversing three different states. They will play on back-to-back days against Hope College (Mich.) on Saturday, September 15 and Albion College (Mich.) on Sunday, September 16. Game time against Hope is set for 12 p.m.

 

Pictured above is the Capital University women's soccer team wearing hand-made wristbands in honor of recently departed Mount Union Women's Soccer player Sydney Kleptach who passed away earlier this week.