Carlee Murry’s Brace Powers Capital Past Muskingum

Pictured: Carlee Murry (photo credit: Spencer Dilyard)
Pictured: Carlee Murry (photo credit: Spencer Dilyard)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer hit the road on Wednesday night looking for its second win in a row heading into the final two weeks of the regular season and the Crusaders did just that, pulling out a 3-1 win over Muskingum University.

The Crusaders dictated play in the opening stages of the game, outshooting Muskingum 5-1 in the first 17 minutes. That pressure paid off for Capital in the 19th minute with the opening goal of the match. After winning a ball in Muskingum's territory, Maggie Peddicord dribbled the ball down the right sideline and towards the penalty box. After shrugging off a defender, Peddicord crossed the ball into the middle of the box and Carlee Murry headed the ball into the back of the net. The assist was the fifth of the season for Peddicord and the junior now has at least one point in six of the past seven games. The goal was Murry's fifth of the season.

The Muskies would not go away quietly though and in the 27th minute, Natalie Woodward equalized with an unassisted strike. The score stood at 1-1 for the remainder of the first half even though the Crusaders held a 13-5 advantage in first-half shots.

The second half was all Capital though as the Crusaders pulled away, starting with a goal from Sydney Dion in the 56th minute. As Capital built its attack, Jordan Fike dribbled through the heart of the Muskingum defense in the middle of the pitch. Dion made her run through the center of Muskingum's defense and Fike slid the ball forward to her near the top of the box. Dion then took a touch to gather herself and fired a shot into the left side of the goal for her fourth score of the year.

The Crusaders scored an insurance goal in the 74th minute as Murry recorded her brace off of a pass from Morgan Eakin. Following a successful tackle by Dion, Eakin cleared the ball from Capital's end and sent it into Muskingum territory. Murry flew down the pitch after it and outran the lone defender in her way, leaving only the keeper to beat. Murry sent a low shot through the keeper's hands in the one-on-one and scored her sixth of the season.

The Crusaders dominated the second half of play with a 19-3 lead in shots, giving them a 32-8 advantage for the match. Sophomore keeper faced only three shots on goal and made two saves. Katie Bodenmiller made 10 saves for Muskingum but allowed the three goals.

The Crusaders will face a tough test in their next contest on Oct. 20 when the Ohio Northern Univeristy Polar Bears come to Capital in a rematch of the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, a match ONU won 2-0. Kickoff on Saturday at Bernlohr Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. The match is also Senior Night as Capital will celebrate the career of goalkeeper Hannah Klotzsche.