ALTOONA, Pa. – Becca Cartmill made a splash in the Capital University women soccer team's 2014 season opener. The sophomore scored twice and added a helper in the Crusaders' 3-1 win over Penn. State-Altoona, Friday night.
Capital (1-0) applied pressure early by scoring their first goal of the season in the opening minute. Freshman Amanda Kachaylo (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) scored her first career goal in her home state by receiving a through ball from Cartmill while approaching the edge of the box. She launched it to the back of the net to get the Crusaders on the board just 48 seconds into the contest.
Cartmill, a Temecula, Calif. native, helped double up Capital's lead before the 20-minute marker of the opening half. With a swift kick from the edge of the box, Cartmill notched her first goal of the year, and of the afternoon.
Junior Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) received the starting nod between the pipes and kept Penn. State-Altoona off of the board despite facing seven shots. She made four saves and kept the scoreboard clean in her 45:00 of play.
Capital rode into the half with a 2-0 lead, but the Lions came out of the locker room with a heightened attack. They applied heavy pressure out of the gate and drew a penalty kick, which led to their only goal of the game. Shoshana Mahoney took advantage of the opportunity to half the lead, 2-1.
Though the Lions started to build some momentum, the Crusaders slowed down the pace and kept opportunities at a minimum for the hosts. Longing for an insurance goal, Cartmill stepped up and booted her second goal of the evening, benefitting off of a deflection near the keeper. Claire Quinn (Coto de Caza, Calif./JSerra Catholic) put a corner kick into the air and eventually landed on Cartmill's foot. There, she put it home for the third goal of the game.
Capital's defense clamped down for the duration of the contest by not allowing a shot on goal for the rest of the match and only three total attempt during the entire second half.
"I was really proud of how they [the team] calmed it down and regained control following the goal," said head coach Chris Kouns. "I am very pleased with the entire effort."
Cartmill finished the game with five points off of her pair of goals and assist on the game's opening score.
The Crusaders will be right back at it on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Juniata College (Pa.). The two teams have never played before, but Juniata comes off one of its best seasons in recent history. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Live stats will be available for the contest.