Women’s Soccer Releases 2013 Schedule

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2013 Schedule


Five matches against 2012 NCAA Tournament participants and nine Ohio Athletic Conference games highlight the 2013 Capital University women's soccer schedule, which was released Friday.


The Crusaders, who finished 10-8-2 overall and 5-3-1 in the OAC in 2012, open the season with consecutive matches against NCAA qualifiers from a year ago. Capital begins play on Aug. 31 against Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) before taking on Penn State-Behrend the following day to wrap up play at Behrend's Herb Lauffer Memorial Tournament.


After hosting the two-day Fort Rapids Invitational on Sept. 6 and 8 at Bernlohr Stadium, the Crusaders visit another NCAA opponent, Thomas More (Ky.), on Sept. 11.


Other contests against 2012 NCAA teams are at local non-conference rival Wittenberg on Sept. 18 and at OAC foe Ohio Northern on Oct. 8.


"We are very excited for the challenges that this schedule will offer us," third-year Capital coach Chris Kouns said. "We face five 2012 NCAA Tournament teams in the first eight games, and all will offer us both challenges and opportunities. Any time you face a championship-caliber team on the road or on a neutral field it is going to take a focused and team-oriented effort to come away with a result.


"If we take care of business away from home and come away with quality results, we'll be in great position for future success."


The Crusaders start conference play on Oct. 5 at home against John Carroll, which knocked Capital out of the OAC Tournament last season. Five of the team's nine league matches are at Bernlohr Stadium, including a regular season-ending contest against cross-town rival and defending conference regular season champion Otterbein on Nov. 2.


The Crusaders' first conference road match is at defending OAC Tournament champion Ohio Northern.


In 2011, Capital won the OAC Tournament and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history with a 1-0 victory over Alma (Mich.) in the opening round.


"The challenges in the OAC this year will be even greater than last year," Kouns said. "After a disappointing end to the 2012 season, I believe the captains and their leadership influences will have the team focused on overcoming the challenges that await us and pushing us toward another OAC championship run."