Cap Women’s Soccer Bows out of OAC Tournament with Second Loss to Otterbein

Photo credit: Spencer Dilyard
Photo credit: Spencer Dilyard

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer travelled to rival Otterbein University for the second time this week and unfortunately for the Purple and White the Crusaders are returning with the same result after falling to the Cardinals 1-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference Semifinals. The Crusaders lost to the Cardinals 2-1 in overtime in the final game of the regular season on Oct. 27.

In a defensive battle that Capital controlled for the majority of the first half, the two teams went into their respective locker rooms after the first 45 minutes tied 0-0. Otterbein flipped the script in the second half with consistent offensive pressure though and that aggressiveness paid off.

The Cardinals broke the scoreless tie with 18 minutes left in the contest with a long-range shot from Bella Shivley. As the Cardinals controlled the ball in Capital's defensive third, play shifted over towards the center of the pitch and to Shivley. As other Cardinal players rushed the Capital net, Shively stopped 30 yards out from the goal and ripped a shot that found Capital keeper Kelly Bachmann off of her line and the attempt sailed over Bachmann's hands as she backpedaled.

Otterbein's most threatening chance in the second half before the goal came with just under 25 minutes to play when the Cardinal's earned a corner kick after a shot was headed over the crossbar by a Capital defender. The corner found the head of Delaney Earl and her header hit the crossbar and bounced out for another Otterbein attempt but Bachmann flung herself in front of the shot and corralled it safely.

In the first half, the Crusaders outshot Otterbein 7-4 and three of Capital's shots were on goal while none of Otterbein's tested Bachmann.

That completely changed in the second half as the Cardinals came out on fire and attempted 12 second-half shots to Capital's two. Four of those shots were on goal and only one of Capital's attempts in the second half tested Otterbein keeper Erin Gordon who made four saves. The Cardinals finished the game with a 16-9 advantage in shots. The Cardinals also attempted 10 corner kicks, nine in the second half, while Capital did not attempt any in the entire match.

With the loss, Capital falls to 13-6-0 overall this year and will hope for an at-large bid in the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship. The national tournament selection announcement will be made on Monday, Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. and can be viewed on NCAA.com.