BEREA, Ohio – For the first time in the program's 25-year history, Capital University Women's Soccer finishes their conference schedule in perfect form. With the Crusaders' 1-0 victory over Baldwin Wallace University on Friday night, Capital completes the regular season 9-0-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference action.
Since the women's soccer program acquired varsity status in 1991, no team had finished the conference schedule unbeaten and with zero ties, until tonight. The only team to rival this feat is the 1999 team which finished 7-0-1 to become regular season champions and then went on to earn an OAC Tournament championship.
The win against the Yellow Jackets did not come easy. It took nearly 83 minutes for the match's only goal to be scored, despite a vast shot attempt margin favoring the Crusaders. Five of their 15 total shots fell on frame, but it was sophomore Chloe Brown (Monclova, Ohio) that broke a scoreless tie and eventually sent the Crusaders home as conference unbeatens.
Brown's goal stemmed from a corner attempt which was deflected back outside of the box. Junior Kathy Connor (Mason, Ohio) collected the clear and booted it back into the box where Brown drilled it past Baldwin Wallace goalkeeper, Emily Tallmadge, from inside the six-yard marker. The goal was Brown's fourth of the season.
Baldwin Wallace (10-5-5, 4-2-3 OAC) had its offense stymied from the get-go, having been limited to just two shot attempts in the first half and a total of six in the match. Senior Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio) made saves on both shot attempts that landed on frame to keep the Yellow Jackets off of the board.
Capital now begins its bid for its third straight OAC Tournament championship this Wednesday, Nov. 4. They will host the winner of the matchup between the No. 4 and No. 5 seed game that will be played on Monday, Nov. 2. Capital maintains homefield advantage throughout the tournament, so long as the team advances.
Tournament coverage is being provided by the OAC, or frequent athletics.capital.edu for updates on your Crusaders.