Big Red Get Big Win Over Crusaders

Midfielder Ashleigh Schmittle. (Jeff Mills photo).
Midfielder Ashleigh Schmittle. (Jeff Mills photo).

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's soccer team was defeated by the nationally-ranked Big Red of Denison University, 6-1, on Tuesday night. Becca Cartmill tallied her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the loss.

Denison (8-0-0) scored early and often, posting three first-half goals to pace them toward victory. Their first strike came just over two minutes into the game when Madison Smith lofted a shot from 20 yards out over keeper Kim Leitch's head and into the goal.

The Big Red scored twice more before the 15-minute mark of the first half. Meg Wozniak and Maggie Armstrong tallied their fourth and sixth goals, respectively.

Capital made a goaltender change at the half, but Denison, ranked No. 14 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, doubled up their score in the second half. Jessica Skelly scored twice in the half to aid in the victory.

Reserve keeper Alexis Brand (Orlando, Fla.) made two saves in a relief effort.

Junior Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) scored Capital's lone goal, her team-leading fourth of the season. Cartmill took her shot from outside the 18-yard box and hit the upper-right corner of the Big Red cage to make the score 5-1 with just over 30 minutes to go.

Despite the goal difference, Denison held just a one-shot advantage over Capital. Their corner kick margin was far greater, taking in seven chances to the Crusaders' three.

Capital is now 4-3 overall on the season heading into a match with its second straight nationally-ranked opponent. The Crusaders will head to Pittsburgh, Pa. to play No. 7 Carnegie Mellon University, a team that Capital 1-0, last year.