By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a thrilling 1-0 semifinal win on Wednesday, No. 2 Capital University Women's Soccer will make the trip to Ada to take on the top-seeded Ohio Northern University Polar Bears on Saturday.
Capital dispatched No. 3 John Carroll University thanks to a late goal from Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). ONU punched their ticket to the championship game with a shootout win over No. 4 Otterbein University.
Ohio Northern took 21 shots in that match to Otterbein's five and had a 13-0 advantage in corners. ONU keeper Meagan Grierson stopped three of Otterbein's five tries form the spot in the shootout and made three saves in the 110 minutes of open play.
Capital also dominated offensively against JCU with a 25-9 shot disparity but couldn't find the back of the net until the 88th minute.
The Polar Bears earned the top seed in the tournament after going undefeated in conference with nine wins and are currently 16-1-2 overall. ONU's lone loss came in its first match of the year, a 4-0 defeat to Albion. Before the Otterbein game, ONU had won 14 straight matches.
Jenna Fuller leads the Polar Bears with 29 points, nine goals and 11 assists. Rose Nienaber leads ONU with 10 goals.
Grierson has been one of the most impressive keepers in the conference all season and has allowed only nine goals in 19 starts. Ten of her matches have been shutouts.
In the prior meeting between ONU and the Crusaders, the Polar Bears came away with a 1-0 win at Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium on Oct. 7. Capital was held to only five shots in the game, although Capital's defense was strong. That match was also one of only two times in conference play that ONU played a one-goal game.
Capital is on a roll though, having won eight of its past 10 matches.
Kickoff for the championship game will be at 2 p.m.