By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Though the Purple and White held the momentum for nearly the entire match, Capital Women's Soccer needed just one goal to lock down its sixth win of the season. Jordan Fike delivered the match's lone tally and with solid play between the posts by Kelly Bachmann the Crusaders defeated the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Bernlohr Stadium.
Capital (6-2-0) controlled the tempo and the ball for much of the first half with the only OWU possessions coming off of CU turnovers or missed shots. Even in those efforts, Capital was quick to turn down the Bishops (4-4-1) at every chance.
Though possession favored Capital, the Crusaders connected on their first goal as a result of an OWU turnover at midfield. Sophomore Bridget Mallin (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) disrupted the Ohio Wesleyan advance and freshman Casey King (Bexley, Ohio/Bexley) sent the ball back to the near sideline to help Capital retain possession. Junior Maggie Peddicord (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) came away with the ball and played it up to junior Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty), who slipped into a soft spot amidst the OWU back line. Fike sprinted upfield alone and went one-on-one with OWU keeper Mack Brunke. Brunke timidly came out to challenge her so Fike buried the ball in the far corner of the OWU cage for her third goal of the season, which gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.
Nearly 15 minutes later, Fike almost converted another breakaway toward the goal but while being contested her shot split the uprights at Bernlohr Stadium, keeping the score 1-0.
Ohio Wesleyan had a chance to level the score with 8:20 remaining on the clock when sophomore keeper Kelly Bachmann (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) came out of the net to challenge Ashley Smiley. Smiley took a chip shot and the crowd let its collective breath go when the ball harmlessly rolled wide of the cage and outside of the near post. It was also OWU's first of two total shots in the half.
Though OWU opened the second half with more chances in the opening minutes than it did the previous 45, Capital's defense thwarted both scoring chances that stemmed from corner. The Crusaders had two chances early to double up the score, but Peddicord's wide open shot flew high of the crossbar and King's tap-in shot was called back due to an offside call.
The defense was not limited to the midfield or back line. Bachmann also stopped a near scoring opportunity for the Bishops when a through pass threaded the defense, but the Capital keeper snatched up the rolling ball with the ends of her gloves and covered it up to prevent the play's development.
Bachman answered the call twice more with the clock dipping below the 10-minute mark. Ohio Wesleyan drove deep into Capital territory where Smiley again developed a scoring chance. Bachman came out to challenge and while diving, this time to her right, got a piece of the ball and broke up the opportunity before a strike could be put on. The second crucial save was made stemming from a free kick delivered by Lauren McMillin, but Bachmann climbed the ladder to make the save and keep the sheet clean.
Of Ohio Wesleyan's six shots in the match, two fell on frame and both were kept out of the Capital cage by Bachmann. Capital held the advantage in shots, 14-6, and both teams took six corners. Capital's fast-paced offense was moderately slowed but only by five offside calls.
Capital's next action will open Ohio Athletic Conference play when it hosts Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, September 29 over Homecoming Weekend. The Yellow Jackets and Crusaders will square off at Bernlohr Stadium at 7 p.m.