By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Goalkeeper Kelly Bachmann has earned her first career Ohio Athletic Conference award after being named the OAC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
The sophomore turned in two solid performances in net in a pair of overtime games, starting with an absolute gem on Wednesday. The Crusaders played host to Wilmington College to start the week and Bachmann announced her presence time and time again. The Quakers peppered Capital's net with 19 shots over the course of the game but Bachmann did not budge. The sophomore made 10 saves in regulation and another in the first overtime period without allowing a goal. One minute into the second overtime, Bachmann made the most important save of the game by denying Tiffany Hayes with a leaping effort. The Crusaders then took the ball down the field and Maggie Peddicord scored the game-winner. The shutout was Bachmann's fourth of the season.
The strong play continued on Saturday when Capital traveled to Otterbein University and made seven saves while allowing only one goal in regulation. The sophomore now has 60 saves this year and a 1.13 goals against average this season to go with her 9-4-0 record.
Bachmann and the Crusaders will host Baldwin Wallace in the first round of the OAC Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 30 after the team earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Capital beat Baldwin Wallace 4-2 earlier this season on Sept. 29. Kickoff against the Yellow Jackets at Bernlohr Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.