By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
MARIETTA, Ohio – The Capital University women's soccer team had its five-match winning streak ended at Don Drumm Stadium on Wednesday night when Marietta College upset the Crusaders, 3-1.
Despite the fact that Capital finished the match with a huge advantage in shots and nearly twice as many shots on goal, the Pioneers made the most of their limited chances with three goals, two of which came in the first half.
Marietta's first goal came in the 10th minute when a foul allowed the hosts to line up for a free kick from nearly 35 yards out. Amanda Augustyniak launched the ball toward the far post and Capital keeper Hannah Klotzsche went up to grab it out of the air. Unfortunately, the ball shot through her hands and skipped inside the post to account for the match's first goal.
The Pioneers were quick to double up their lead nearly four minutes later when Kayla Tomlin dribbled through the defense and took a shot from the middle of the field near the 18-yard line and found the upper-left corner of the goal.
Freshman Kailey Stanisovska (Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) injected some energy into the Capital sideline when she halved the Marietta lead with her second goal of the season. Sophomore Maggie Peddicord (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) set the play up by bringing the ball up into the box from the left side. Peddicord put a shot toward the net but it was blocked down. The rebound came back to Peddicord and she headed it deeper into the box where Staniskova was streaking through the center and finished it off with the tap-in.
Capital made a change in goal heading into the second half, sending sophomore Kelly Bachmann out to play the second 45, but the Capital offense was unable to break through with the game-tying goal. Marietta goalkeeper Katie Conkle kept Capital scoreless in the second half and made five saves to keep the second-half sheet clean.
Meanwhile, Marietta added one goal in the 59th minute to continue adding the pressure and lead to the final count. The third Pioneer goal was scored by McKenzie Door on a feed from teammate Chloe Williams.
With her assist on Capital's lone goal, Peddicord now has at least one point in four of her last five matches
Capital (8-3-0, 3-1-0 OAC) had won its previous five matches by a combined score of 11-3 before its loss to Marietta (4-8-1, 1-3-0 OAC). Now only two teams remaining unbeaten in OAC play, Ohio Northern University and Otterbein.
Capital will now prepare for another home match this Saturday night against the University of Mount Union (6-5-0, 3-1-0 OAC). The Purple Raiders and Crusaders will square off at Bernlohr Stadium at 7 p.m. on October 13.