Peddicord Rocket Sends Capital Home with Double-Overtime Win Against Wilmington

Pictured: Maggie Peddicord (photo credit: Spencer Dilyard)
Pictured: Maggie Peddicord (photo credit: Spencer Dilyard)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the regular season draws to a close, a goal here or there can make all the difference when it comes to postseason seeding. With one well-timed goal on Wednesday night for Capital University Women's Soccer, the Crusaders won their 12th game of the season and clinched a first-round home game in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.

After the Crusaders and Wilmington College battled it out for more than 101 scoreless minutes, Capital finally felt the rush of victory thanks to a perfectly-struck goal by junior Maggie Peddicord in the team's first overtime contest of the season.

After a crucial save on the other end of the field, Jayde Hoffman dribbled the ball down the left sideline to get Capital into a good offensive position and crossed it into the box. The pass was deflected out of bounds by Wilmington and Capital retained possession. After Wilmington failed to clear the ball, Morgan Eakin sent a long ball deep into the box to Jordan Fike that forced Wilmington's keeper to come off her line. Fike nearly lost control but was just able to move the ball along to Peddicord. The junior then moved to her right and when she saw the open net she let rip a shot from 20 yards and buried it for the win. The goal was the Delaware, Ohio native's

 fourth of the year and this was the seventh game out of Capital's past nine in which Peddicord has recorded a goal or an assist.

Just seconds before the winning shot, Wilmington had a perfect chance to snatch the win on a breakaway shot by but Capital keeper Kelly Bachmann made a tremendous save with her outstretched right hand, her 12th of the night. The 12 saves are a career best for the sophomore keeper and the clean sheet was her fourth shutout of the season.

The Crusaders had a chance to win the game in regulation when Peddicord forced a save from Wilmington keeper Leda Moyer and the Crusaders had three corner attempts in the final minute of regulation but could not convert. Capital took 21 total shots, 12 on goal but Moyer was almost as good as Bachmann and stopped 11 of Capital's attempts. Wilmington took 19 total shots.

With the win, the Crusaders are now 6-2 in the OAC, tied with the University of Mount Union for third in the conference. Because Capital beat the Purple Raiders on Oct. 13, the Crusaders hold the tie-breaker for the No. 3 seed in next week's upcoming OAC Tournament. Pending the results of Saturday's season finales, Capital can slip to the No. 4 slot but will host a first-round game regardless. The Crusaders will close out the regular season on the road against rival Otterbein University. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.