COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's soccer team defeated Wilmington, 1-0, on Wednesday in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Bernlohr Stadium.
Capital was held to just five shots in the opening half, managing to register two of them on goal, as the Crusaders allowed seven shots to Wilmington.
Sophomore Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) had an opportunity to score the game's first goal in the 16th minute on a penalty kick awarded to Capital, after the Quakers committed a foul in their own box. Cartmill's shot was a low, powerful strike to the center of the net, but was saved by the Wilmington goalkeeper.
In the second half, the Crusaders defense continued to serve as a catalyst in keeping the Quakers scoreless in front of junior goalkeeper Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio).
After 86 minutes of play, Capital broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the 87th minute. Cartmill led a counter attack up the sideline and into the Quakers box, crossing the ball on the ground to freshman midfielder Amanda Kachaylo (Moon Township, Pa.) for the game-winning score.
Kachaylo's goal was her third in the last four games, while also serving as her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Cartmill also picked up her sixth assist on the year in the win.
The Crusaders finished the game with a 16-12 shot advantage over Wilmington, while also holding a distinct advantage in shots on goal at 8-3.
"I was thrilled with the individual efforts some of our student athletes showed today," said head coach Chris Kouns. "Maura Fortino was again a warrior and may be the poster child for our program's heart and effort. Emily Krause was terrific holding the ball up top and jump starting our attack. Becca Cartmill and Amanda Kachaylo both fought through adversity to find a way to connect and put the game away. I am so proud of them all and what they brought to the table today."
With the win, Capital (10-3-1 overall, 3-0-1 OAC) remains unbeaten in its last six matches, featuring five shutout decisions over that span.
"It is great to find a way to win when you don't play well," Kouns said. "It is great to have some people step up and put things on their shoulders when you are struggling. It is nice to be undefeated in the conference after four games. With that being said, we need to find a way to jump-start our effort earlier and not from desperation when we feel that things are not going to go well."
Capital's next game is set for this Saturday, as the Crusaders face Ohio Northern at 11 a.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.