Fortino Scores Game-Winner in Overtime Win

Midfielder Maura Fortino. (Andrea Kjerrumgaard photo)
Midfielder Maura Fortino. (Andrea Kjerrumgaard photo)
DELAWARE, Ohio – The Capital University women's soccer team closed out its nonconference slate with an overtime win against Ohio Wesleyan University, Tuesday night. Under the lights of the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, the Crusaders came back late in the match to tie it up and then overcame the Battling Bishops in the third minute of overtime to claim their seventh win of the season.

Down 1-0 heading into the 87th minute, Capital (7-3) continued to put pressure on the Bishops and eventually broke through their defense to score the game-tying goal. After blocking down a pair of OWU shot attempts, the Crusaders brought it back the other way for the drive that prolonged life. Becca Cartmill put a shot on frame that was saved by OWU keeper Kenzie Howell, but Monique Hanayik controlled the loose ball and tipped home the equalizer. It marked her first goal and Cartmill's team-leading fourth assist of the season.

Adding to well-timed firsts for Capital, Maura Fortino scored her first goal of the season and hers won the game for Capital. After tying the game, Capital and Ohio Wesleyan took the match into overtime but it did not last long before a winner was named.

Capital rode on the momentum it created at the end of regulation and controlled the extra time with five shot attempts while preventing the Bishops from attempting any shots. After Howell made two saves to keep the game tied, Fortino launched a shot that blew through the keeper's hands and landed in the back of the cage, awarding the win to Capital. Hanayik was credited with the assist on the game-winner.

For Hanayik, her multi-point effort off of the bench marked both her first goal and assist of the season.

"She [Hanayik] gave us a much needed spark off of the bench today," said head coach Chris Kouns. "It is exactly what we needed in order to pull out this win since it was not our best complete effort today."

Despite Capital holding the overall advantage in shots, 23-19, Ohio Wesleyan was the first to score. Shortly after the turn of the 63rd minute, Alyssa Giarrusso won a ball and took it to a point about 30 yards out and hit her mark to beat Kim Leach in net. However, the latter part of the second half belonged to Capital in their comeback.

"Tonight was not our best effort but it definitely gave an opportunity for a few people to step up for us," said Kouns. "Mary Bushee, Maura Fortino, and Chloe Brown were absolute warriors for us and made a huge difference with their play."

Bushee had four of Capital's 22 shot attempts while Cartmill led the team with eight shots, five of which landed on goal.

Capital will open Ohio Athletic Conference play against The University of Mount Union on Saturday, Oct. 4. Game time is set for 4 p.m. and will follow the Capital-Mount Union football game.

"We are looking forward to going into conference play and hoping to bring our best effort for the entire time," said Kouns.

Saturday also marks the inaugural Red Card Cancer event. Mount Union and Capital have joined to put on a friendly, yet competitive fundraising effort to help fight cancer. Stations for each school will be set up prior to the start of Saturday's match and each school will be taking donations while giving out commemorative wristbands and selling custom t-shirts. The school that raises the most money will receive the first-ever Red Card Cancer Cup. All proceeds will be given to the Red Card Cancer organization.

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