Capital to Host Baldwin Wallace in OAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Photo credit: Spencer Dilyard
Photo credit: Spencer Dilyard

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Capital University Women's Soccer is set to host the Ohio Athletic Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 30 when Baldwin Wallace University will make a return trip to Bernlohr Stadium. The Crusaders earned the No. 4-seed in the conferencce tournament after finishing the season with a 6-3 conference record. Kickoff at Bernlohr Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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How They Got Here

Capital (12-5, 6-3 OAC) got off to the best start of head coach Matt Ogden's career and have not slowed down since then as the Crusaders earned a top-four seed in the OAC Tournament. Capital started with three wins against Wittenberg University, DePauw University and Transylvania University (Ky.) and allowed only one goal in each of those contests while scoring eight itself. The first loss of the season came to a nationally-ranked Hope College team on Sept. 15 but the team responded with a 4-3 win at Albion College (Mich.) a day later. Following a loss at Hanover College on Sept. 22, the Crusaders won five in a row, three in the OAC. Wins over Thomas More College (Ky.) and Ohio Wesleyan University kicked things off and then victories over Baldwin Wallace, Heidelberg University and John Carroll University gave Cap a 3-0 start in the OAC. A loss to Marietta College slowed things downs but Capital came right back with a 1-0 win against the Univeristy of Mount Union and then beat Muskingum 3-1. The Crusaders then fell to Ohio Northern University before beating Wilmington College 1-0 in double overtime, ensuring that the Crusaders would not lose back-to-back games in the regular season. Now they'll try to avoid that again after dropping a heartbreaking game to Otterbein University in overtime on Oct. 27.

Baldwin Wallace (11-6-1, 5-4 OAC) ended their regular season with a 5-0 win at Marietta College on Oct. 27 and have won five of their past six contests. The Yellow Jackets began the year 6-1-1 before a four-game losing streak from Sept. 25-Oct. 6. Wins against Thomas More College (Ky.), Oberlin College and Albion College (Mich.) laid the groundwork for the rest of the season and victories against Frostburg State University, Hiram College and Waynesburg University (Pa.) extended BW's solid start to the campaign.
 
A loss at Grove City College on Sept. 25 began the four-game skid and on Sept. 29, the Crusaders handed BW a 4-2 loss on Capital's Homecoming. The Yellow Jackets then lost 5-1 to Ohio Northern University and 7-1 to Otterbein University. BW was able to right the ship at the right time though by going on a tear heading into the tournament. Wins against Heidelberg University and Muskingum University on Oct. 10 and 13 gave the Yellow Jackets two conference wins and a 3-2 triumph over John Carroll University on Oct. 17 evened BW's OAC record at 3-3. The team then beat Wilmington College 1-0 before dropping a 3-1 game against the University of Mount Union and finishing against Marietta.
 
Players to Watch
 
Baldwin Wallace is led by offensive force Rachel Bender with her 14 goals and 16 assists this season. The 14 goals are third in the conference and her 16 helpers lead the league as do her 44 points. The next closest assists leaders have seven and she is one score behind the conference's goal leaders. After Bender, Kayla Webb has five goals and Alex Guido has four goals and four assists. In goal, Emma Bruno has made 61 saves (.762 save percentage) and has a 1.55 goals against average in 13 starts. She also has four shutouts.
 
Capital has one of the deepest teams in the OAC with 12 goal scorers, three of which have four or more. Carlee Murry leads the team with six goals and has an assist for 13 points. Junior forward Maggie Peddicord also has 13 points with four goals and five assists. After recording one assist in the first seven games of the season, Peddicord has recorded 12 points in the past 10 games. Forward Jordan Fike leads the team with 15 points, five goals and five assists. Goalkeeper Kelly Bachmann has 19 saves in her past two starts including a 12-save shutout against Wilmington on Oct. 24. She has a 1.13 goals against average in her 13 starts and has made 60 saves.
 
Where They Rank
 
As a team, Capital is fourth in the OAC with 34 goals scored (2.00 per game) and has allowed only 21 goals (1.22 per game), the fourth-fewest in the OAC. Baldwin Wallace ranks third in the conference in goals with 44 (2.44 per game) and the team has taken 315 shots, third-most in the OAC. The Yellow Jackets are seventh in the league with 35 goals allowed (1.90 per game).

At Bernlohr Stadium this season, the Crusaders are 7-1. BW is 5-4 on the road this season. 

Tournament Schedule

Tuesday, October 30 - Quarterfinals
#6 John Carroll (4-5-0) at #3 Mount Union (7-2-0) -5:00        
#5 Baldwin Wallace (5-4-0) at #4 Capital (6-3-0) -7:00
    
Thursday, November 1 - Semifinals
lowest remaining seed at #1 Otterbein (8-0-1)                                                         
second lowest remaining seed at # 2 Ohio Northern (7-1-1)
 
Saturday, November 3 - Finals
Semifinal winners at highest remaining seed
 

Admission

Adults                           $8.00 Single Game                   

                                    $12.00 Doubleheader                                        

Seniors (62) or Military   $6.00 Single Game

                                    $8.00 Doubleheader     

Non-OAC Students         $3.00 Single Game       

                                    $5.00 Doubleheader     

                                                  

OAC students are admitted free of charge with valid ID.

OAC 2018-18 passes are not valid for the tournament

OAC Lifetime passes will be honored