By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second time in as many games, Capital University Women's Soccer (2-4-1) was forced to play extra time but unfortunately for the Crusaders, they fell to Hanover College (6-2), 1-0, in double overtime on Saturday.
Both teams were scoreless until the Panthers ended the contest in the 102nd minute. After making a save, Capital goalkeeper Kelly Bachmann (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) was called for a handball after the referee determined that she had stepped out of the box before releasing the ball to punt it away, therefore committing a violation. The Panthers were awarded a free kick just outside of the box and Abby Shroyer buried it into the top right corner of the goal.
Bachmann came into the game at the start of the second half and played both overtime periods. In her 56:05 seconds of time, the freshman made three saves. For the game, Hanover took 11 shots, six of which were on goal.
For the majority of the game, both teams struggled to create long periods of possession in the hot September sun. Both teams operated in the middle third of the field for much of the first half especially. There were only seven combined shots in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, both teams opened up and were able to create more scoring chances but still, neither team could break through. Capital had the most success finding shots in the second half right after the break but the Panthers started to gain more ground on offense in the final half hour of the second half. Capital took seven second-half shots compared to Hanover's five. Sydney Dion (North Olmsted, Ohio/North Olmsted) and Carlee Murry (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) led Capital with two shots apiece.
In the first overtime, neither team was able to get a shot off.
The Crusaders will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 27 against Ohio Wesleyan University, Capital's final non-conference game of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.