By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer's Maggie Peddicord scored her first career goal on Saturday night in Capital's win against Baldwin Wallace University. By the time the clock hit zeros on Wednesday's game, she had tripled her career goal total. The junior defender netted two scores for the Crusaders against Heidelberg University, the only two goals of the contest, as Capital won 2-0.
The first half came and went without a score for either side despite Capital getting 10 shots away and Heidelberg sending three. That quickly changed seven minutes into the second half as the Crusaders pushed the envelope much like they did in the first half.
With the ball at her feet and pushing ahead, Peddicord started drifting towards the center of the pitch from the left side of the field, just as she did on her score on Saturday. As she approached the center of the field, the Delaware, Ohio native let a curling shot rip from 25 yards out. Heidelberg keeper Alexandra Farmer could only stand and watch as the strike buried itself in the top left corner of the goal.
Just seven minutes after that, the Crusaders struck again via Peddicord on another screamer. This time, Capital advanced the ball on the right sideline with Hillary Counts moving it towards the far corner of the pitch. The freshman then turned inside and knifed a pass through the heart of the Heidelberg defense and to the center of the box. There the pass met Peddicord's foot and the junior wasted no time in sending it towards goal, depositing it in the upper-right corner of the net.
Heidelberg was able to get off four more shots before the final whistle blew but only one required a save by Capital keeper Kelly Bachmann as the Crusaders controlled the ball and sat back to preserve the lead. Bachmann made three saves and the Crusaders finished the game with a 20-9 advantage in shots. Farmer finished the game with seven saves for Heidelberg. The shutout was Capital's third of the season, all in the past four games. It was Bachmann's second clean sheet of the year.
Now 8-2, Capital is off to its best start since the 2013 team started 9-2-1. That team eventually reached the NCAA Tournament Semifinals and finished the year 19-5-2. The 2018 Crusaders will look to improve their conference record to 3-0 on Saturday, Oct. 6 when they travel to John Carroll University. Kickoff in University Heights is scheduled for 7 p.m.