By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
GREENCASTLE, Ind. – It took nearly the full 90 minutes but Capital University Women's Soccer is coming home a winner after a late goal proved the difference against DePauw University on Saturday night.
With the game looking like it was heading to overtime, sophomore midfielder Sydney Dion broke the 1-1 deadlock with a cracking goal in the 85th minute that gave Capital the advantage. The Tigers had two more chances in the closing minutes with a shot that forced a save and a corner but the Crusader defense stood strong and held on for the win.
Capital took 12 shots in the second half alone compared to only three for DePauw. Capital outshot the Tigers 16-6 in the game. The Crusaders also had a 7-5 lead in corners.
After a slow start to the contest, the Tigers gained the first lead of the game in the 33rd minute on a goal from Gail Enright and Capital trailed 1-0 until after halftime.
After the break though, the Crusaders got their offense in gear. Shots from Maggie Peddicord and Bridget Mallin peppered DePauw's keeper and the Crusaders got six shots off before the 65th minute. Then, in the 67th minute, the Crusaders got their equalizer from freshman Morgan Eakin. The Crusaders kept up the offensive barrage until Dion broke through late.
Mallin led the team with six shots in the game, four on goal. Jordan Fike, Peddicord and Dion each took two attempts at goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Bachmann was strong all game for the Crusaders with four saves.
The Crusaders begin the year 2-0 and will have a home contest up next to try and improve that record even further. Capital will host Transylvania University (Ky.) on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Kickoff on Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.