Five Members of Capital Women’s Soccer Named All-OAC

Pictured: Maggie Peddicord, Allyssa Kimbler, Jordan Fike, Bridget Mallin and Kelly Bachmann
Pictured: Maggie Peddicord, Allyssa Kimbler, Jordan Fike, Bridget Mallin and Kelly Bachmann

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer finished the 2018 campaign with an overall record of 13-6 and went 6-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, the most overall wins since 2015 and sixth time since 2012 that the team won at least six conference games. For their efforts, five Crusaders earned spots on All-OAC teams, headlined by three first-team selections.

Juniors Allyssa Kimbler (London, Ohio/London), Maggie Peddicord (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) and Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) were all named First Team All-OAC. These are the second all-conference honors for Kimbler and Fike and third for Peddicord. Sophomores Bridget Mallin (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and Kelly Bachmann (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) were each named All-OAC Honorable Mention. This is the first conference award for Mallin and second for Bachmann.

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A native of London, Ohio, Kimbler was named First Team All-OAC for the second consecutive year after leading Capital's defense as the team's center back. The Crusaders once again were one of the best defensive teams in the conference as the team allowed only 22 goals for an average of 1.15 per game.

Peddicord also contributed to the team's stellar defensive efforts from her spot in the midfield but also was one of Capital's best players pushing forward. After not scoring a goal in her first 43 career contests, the Delaware native exploded for four scores in this season's final 11 games. Three of those goals came in a two-game span with her first coming against Baldwin Wallace University on Sept. 29 and two more against Heidelberg University in Capital's 2-0 win on Oct. 3. She scored the game-winning goal in each of the games she scored in.

After being named to the second team last year, Fike earned a nod to the All-OAC First Team this year after setting a career high with 15 points. The forward scored five goals for the third year in a row and assisted a career-best five other goals. Two of her scores this season proved to be game-winners.

Mallin and Bachmann also both played a part in the Capital defense with Mallin starting all 19 games as part of the backline. She also scored four goals and tallied three assists. In Cap's 3-0 win over Thomas More College (Ky.) on Sept. 23, Mallin found the back of the net and assisted the game-winning goal by Olivia Rotolo.

Bachmann, an honorable mention selection last season as a freshman, started 15 games in goal for the Crusaders this year and allowed only 17 scores for a 1.05 goals against average, the third-lowest in the OAC. The 17 goals allowed are tied for the second-fewest in the conference. She also made 66 saves at a .795 clip. The sophomore made a career-high 12 saves in Cap's 1-0 overtime win over Wilmington College on Oct. 24, one of her five clean sheets this year.

The Crusaders earned the fourth seed in the OAC Tournament last week and defeated Baldwin Wallace 2-0 before falling to the eventual conference-champion Otterbein University Cardinals 1-0 in the semifinals.

This is the seventh consecutive season that Capital WOmen's Soccer has had at least five players named to All-OAC teams.