By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer's offense exploded for seven goals in the team's 4-0 win against Muskingum University (3-10, 0-4 OAC) on Tuesday.
The Crusaders (5-6-1, 3-1 OAC) began their scoring in the 27th minute with a goal from Carlee Murry (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby), her third of the season. Murry found herself in a one on one situation with Muskingum goalkeeper Katie Bodenmiller and Murry was able to send the ball to the far post and in for the score.
Capital doubled its lead with just a minute until halftime, this time thanks to Bridget Mallin (Carmel, Ind./Carmel). After a Muskingum foul, Capital was awarded a free kick from 35 yards out. Mallin stepped up to the ball, let a shot rip and placed it perfectly in the upper part of the goal. The score was Mallin's first of the year.
Just after the halftime break, Sydney Dion (North Olmsted, Ohio/North Olmsted) scored her first goal of the year to give Cap a 3-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
Sophomore forward Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) made the score 4-0 in the 66th minute with a shot she was able to slip past the keeper.
In the 77th minute, Eryn Bernard (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) increased Cap's lead to five and Amy Burt scored her second goal of the season in the 83rd to put Capital up 6-0. In the 88th minute, Kaitlyn Semelsberger (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) increased Capital's lead to 7-0 with the assist coming from Caelyn Reineke (Celina, Ohio/Celina).
Freshman goalkeeper Kelly Bachmann (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) made two saves and recorded her first shutout of the season.
The Crusaders were on the attack from the opening whistle and never let up. Capital took 20 shots in the first half alone and finished with 40. Capital had been averaging 11 shots per game prior to Tuesday's contest.
The seven goals are the most the team has scored in a single game in 2017 and in Capital's first 11 games, the team had only scored eight. The seven goals are also the most the team has scored in a single game since Oct. 7, 2015 when it scored seven in a win against Muskingum.
The Crusaders will hope their offensive hot-streak carries over into their next match on Saturday, Oct. 14 when they welcome Mount Union University to Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 1 p.m.