Freshmen Eventually Power Capital Past John Carroll in OAC Clash

Pictured: Kailey Stanisovska (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action S Ports Photography)
Pictured: Kailey Stanisovska (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action S Ports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer took its undefeated Ohio Athletic Conference on the road for the first time in OAC play this season and after weather delay that lasted almost two hours and an early hiccup, the Crusaders turned on the burners and defeated John Carroll University 4-1.

The Blue Streaks struck first in the contest with a goal in the 23rd minute by Brittany Dufalla and JCU took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

As soon as the second half began though, the Crusaders came out on the front foot and showed why they have lost only twice all season. Capital outshot the Blue Streaks 9-7 in the first half but really stretched its advantage with a 16-1 lead in shot attempts in the second half. The Crusaders took three shots in the first five minutes of the second half, and six in the first 15. In the 64th minute, the team was finally able to break through with an equalizing goal from freshman Morgan Eakin off of a corner kick from Bridget Mallin. Just two minutes later in the 66th minute, fellow first-year Casey King gave the Crusaders the lead after receiving a pass from freshman Kailey Stanisovska.

Now working with a goal advantage, the Crusaders kept their feet on the gas and increased the lead 10 minutes later with Stanisovska finding the back of the net herself in the 75th minute. Stanisovska's goal was the first of her young career and this was the first multi-point game of her career. Just a minute later, Carlee Murry added another rapid-fire strike to give Capital an insurance goal with the assist going to freshman Hillary Counts.

The eight points by freshmen were a season-high for the Crusaders and the four goals matched Capital's season-best. The team also scored four in wins against Albion College (Mich.) and Baldwin Wallace University.

The Crusaders ended the game with a 25-8 advantage in shots and sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Bachmann only faced two shots on goal the entire game, allowing one score and making one save. The Crusaders got 10 shots on goal.

With the win, Capital improved to 9-2 overall this season and 3-0 in the OAC. The Crusaders are one of three OAC teams that are 3-0 in conference play and are joined by Otterbein University and Ohio Northern University. Otterbein and ONU are also 9-2 overall.

The Crusaders will travel to Marietta College on Wednesday, Oct. 10 looking to improve their OAC record. Kickoff against the Pioneers is scheduled for 7 p.m.