Crusaders’ Offense Explodes in Road Win

Crusaders’ Offense Explodes in Road Win
MARIETTA, Ohio – The Capital University women's soccer team put on a show in its road match at Marietta College on Tuesday evening. The Crusaders lit up the scoreboard seven times in regulation via six different scorers in its rout of the Pioneers.

Amanda Kachaylo (Moon Township, Pa.) had a most impressive day with two goals and an assist to lead the Crusaders' charge. She scored in both halves, but initially entered the scoring sheet by assisting on Chloe Brown's tally in the 14th minute. Brown received a cross pass from nearly 18 yards out and put one inside the far post to give Capital a 1-0 lead.

Kachaylo put in her first goal by benefitting from a feed from Maura Fortino (Philadelphia, Pa.) inside the box before going far post to beat Marietta keeper Rebecca Tenney. The assist also marked the first of three occasions Fortino would find her name in the box score.

Before the turn of the 20th minute, Capital (11-4-1, 4-1-1 OAC) had built its lead to two goals, but had not finished scoring before half's end. Sophomore Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) put herself in the scorer's column with her sixth goal of the season to make the Crusaders' lead three. Her blast deflected off of a body in front of the cage and rolled in for the score. Capital took that 3-0 lead into the half but was far from finished.

Kachaylo made her presence known once again just five minutes into the start of the second half. She and Fortino again teamed up for Capital's fourth goal in the 51st minute. Fortino crossed the ball deep into the box and Kachaylo put it away from close range for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.

For her efforts, Fortino rewarded herself just 78 seconds later with her first goal of the evening and third on the season. Claire Quinn put a shot that rattled off the crossbar where Fortino was at the right place at the right time and closed the deal for the Crusaders' fifth goal.

Capital scored twice more before the end of the match, once off of a header by Mariah Richards in the 62nd minute and a final time by Shelby Johnson in the 71st minute. For Richards, that marked the junior's first goal of the season and for Johnson, her third.

"Anytime you go on the road and get some goals and get a win, that is terrific," said head coach Chris Kouns. "We are really excited to bounce back from the Ohio Northern game and come back with a pretty good effort. I am also very proud of the kids because the field conditions and the weather were really a challenge, but despite that we managed to do some pretty good things."

Capital's seven goals marked the most scored in a single match since defeating Penn. State – Altoona early in the 2012 season, 8-0. That year, they defeated three different opponents by four or more goals. Last year, the Crusaders defeated Marietta 5-0.

"I am very pleased we had six different goal scorers and that it produced a very even approach," said Kouns. "That's the kind of thing we need if we want to develop a championship mentality, you need to be able to close out these kinds of games very soundly, and that is what we did."

Kachaylo concluded the game with a pair of goals and an assist. This makes the second two-goal game in the freshman's young career and marked a new career high for points in a match (5). Fortino finished with two assists and a goal, also setting a new career best in single match points (4). 

The Crusaders will prepare for another road match at John Carroll University (9-3-3, 3-1-2 OAC) to be played this Saturday at 6 p.m.