By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
HANOVER, Ind. – Capital University Women's Soccer started a busy weekend in Hanover, Ind. and went up against a strong Hanover College team on its home turf. One well-placed cross pass and one shot off a deflection accounted for the Panthers' two goals, leading to the Crusaders taking in a 2-0 defeat.
Both Hanover goals were scored early in the contest, and once the damage had been done the Crusaders settled down and kept the Panthers off the board for nearly 68 consecutive minutes. Both teams kept consistent pressure on their opposing goalkeeper but the Panthers took advantage of two different golden scoring opportunities while the Crusaders struggled to get one past Hanover keeper Amanda Carmosino.
Hanover (7-1) scored its first goal just before the turn of the ninth minute in the contest. Capital goalkeeper Kelly Bachman (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) made a nice save less than a minute before the first goal was scored off a header from close range, but the Panthers kept it coming and Anna Smith gave the home team the lead following a well-placed pass that led the strike.
Bachmann made two more saves, including one stemming from a penalty kick. However, it was the deflection off the PK that set up the next Panthers goal. Capital was whistled for a foul in the box, giving Bryn Rolfsen the opportunity at the dot. After her shot was blocked down by Bachmann, Hanover's Kelsey Hughes received a tap from Brandi Brock, and Hughes then put it home to double up the Panthers' lead.
Bachmann continued to do work between the posts with two more saves before the break, which helped Capital settle in defensively. She finished with six saves in the first half and 10 at match's end. Her 10 saves sets a new career high for the sophomore.
Capital (4-2) did make Carmosino work on her side of the field. Half of Capital's 20 total shots landed on frame, but Carmosino made four stops in the first half and six in the second to keep the Hanover sheet clean. Carlee Murry led the Crusaders with four total shots, two of which landed on frame.
The Crusaders will now have a quick turnaround and play Thomas More College (Ky.) on Sunday, September 23 to make up a previously scheduled game. The Saints and the Crusaders were originally scheduled to play earlier in the month but lightning storms and rain postponed the match. The match will start at 1 p.m.