By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer got the job done on Tuesday against No. 5 Baldwin Wallace University and now the Crusaders will get another shot at rival Otterbein University in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1.
How They Got Here
Capital (13-5-0, 6-3-0 OAC) punched its ticket to the semifinals by beating Baldwin Wallace 2-0 on Tuesday night. The Crusaders and Yellow Jackets played a tight first 40 minutes in the first rounds but a goal from Sydney Dion in the 40th minute put Capital ahead. After the break, Bridget Mallin curled a free kick into BW's goal to double the lead and the Crusaders successfully defended their net until the final whistle blew.
Otterbein (14-2-1, 8-0-1 OAC) secured the No. 1 seed in the OAC Tournament after the Cardinals navigated conference play without taking a loss. The Cards started the season 2-2 but then recorded an 11-game winning streak before tying 2-2 with Ohio Northern University on Oct. 24. Otterbein quickly got back to its winning ways in the Oct. 27 matchup with the Crusaders in the regular season finale and the Cardinals beat Capital 2-1 in overtime. A penalty kick in the 97th minute served as the game-winner after the Cardinals tied the game in regulation in the 81st minute.
Players to Watch
Capital keeper Kelly Bachmann turned in another stellar performance against the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday, making four saves while recording her fifth clean sheet of the season. The sophomore has now allowed only four goals in her last six appearances and two in her past three, both in the Otterbein game. In the past three games she has made 23 saves.
Bella Shively leads the Cardinals with 15 goals this season, tied for the conference lead. She and Delaney Earl each have seven assists and Earl has scored 11 goals herself. Shively's 37 points are second in the conference. Erin Gordon has started all 17 games in goal for Otterbein and has allowed only 17 goals while recording six shutouts and making 38 saves.
Where They Rank
As two of the top defensive teams in the conference, Capital and Otterbein sit close to each other in almost every defensive category. The Crusaders rank fourth in the OAC with 21 goals allowed and the Cardinals have allowed 20 goals in third. Capital's 1.15 goals against average ranks third while Otterbein is right behind Cap with a 1.16 GAA in fourth. On offense, Otterbein leads the conference with 59 goals (3.47 goals per game) while the Crusaders rank fourth with 36 goals (2.00 per game). Otterbein's league-leading 45 assists are 12 more than the second-place team.
Thursday, November 1 - Semifinals
#4 Capital at #1 Otterbein (8-0-1) - 7:00
#3 Mount Union at # 2 Ohio Northern (7-1-1) - 7:00
Saturday, November 3 - Finals
Semifinal winners at highest remaining seed
Adults $8.00 Single Game
Seniors (62) or Military $6.00 Single Game
Non-OAC Students $3.00 Single Game
OAC students are admitted free of charge with valid ID.
OAC 2018-18 passes are not valid for the tournament
OAC Lifetime passes will be honored