WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Capital University women's soccer team totaled 110 minutes of play against Otterbein on Saturday afternoon, as they played to a scoreless draw in an Ohio Athletic Conference road matchup at Memorial Stadium.
Capital (9-3-1 overall, 2-0-1 OAC) was able to limit Otterbein's shot opportunities in the first half, as both teams combined for just seven shots in the opening 45 minutes of play.
In the second half, the Crusaders tallied three shots to the Cardinals five shots, but to no avail, as overtime was eventually forced.
Through 90 minutes of regulation, a total of 21 fouls had been called, while Capital had saved four shots to Otterbein's three shots saved.
Both overtime periods proved to be yet another series of slim chances to find shots, as both teams continued to pursue the ball aggressively on defense.
Neither team managed to score in the 20 minutes of overtime, forcing a tie for the first time this season for Capital.
Both teams had an empty net opportunity throughout the course of the game. Capital had the first of such opportunities following a misread by the Otterbein keeper, but it was cleared off of the line to thwart any scoring chance. The Cardinals' nearly ended the game with their chance in double overtime, but Chloe Brown came out and cleared the ball away from the charging Cardinals to keep the game scoreless.
"It was exactly what you expect out of a rivalry game, very hard played by both teams," said head coach Chris Kouns of the game. "Defensively, we played very hard and was very pleased with that effort. On the other side, I was sort of disappointed in our ability and desire to get in behind and win the game. As a young team, that is still something we need to work on but certainly something that we can fix."
Junior goalkeeper Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio) played a key role in shutting out Otterbein, saving all four shots on goal that she faced in 110 minutes of play in goal.
Sophomore Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) led the Crusaders with two shots, while four additional Capital players recorded one shot apiece on the afternoon.
"Overall, it was a good result to go on the road and get a tie against a rival," said Kouns.
Capital is now scheduled to face Wilmington on Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.