Crusaders Notch Fifth OAC Win over Heidelberg on Senior Day

Freshman defender Mary Bushee. (Jeff Mills photo).
Freshman defender Mary Bushee. (Jeff Mills photo).


COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's soccer team picked up its 12th overall victory on the season in a 5-1 defeat of Heidelberg on Wednesday afternoon at Bernlohr Stadium.

Wednesday's matchup also marked senior day for senior midfielder Jessie Cermelj (Westerville, Ohio), who was recognized in a pre-game ceremony on the field.

Capital (12-5-1 overall, 5-2-1 OAC) fell behind 1-0 in the seventh minute of play to the Student Princes, surrendering the game's initial goal off a shot from just outside the box. 

The Crusaders then tallied three unanswered goals in just over 30 minutes of play, taking a 3-1 advantage over the Student Princes.

Cermelj found sophomore forward Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) for Capital's first goal of the game in the 11th minute, as Cermelj tallied her first point of the year, while Cartmill netted her seventh goal of the season.

Freshman defender Mary Bushee (San Marcos, Calif.) then gave the Crusaders their first lead of the contest in the 34th minute, scoring her third goal of the season.

Fellow freshman in midfielder Shelby Johnson (Brentwood, Calif.) then added to the Crusaders lead in the 44th minute, recording her fourth goal of the year off of sophomore forward Taylor Atkins' (Bethel, Ohio) first assist of the season.

In the second half, the Crusaders recorded their fourth goal on the afternoon off Bushee's second goal of the game and fourth score of the year.

Cartmill notched her second goal of the game and eighth of the season off a pass into the box from freshman midfielder Amanda Kachaylo (Moon Township, Pa.), who posted her third assist on the year.

"I was pleased that Jessie (Cermelj) was able to get a point on senior day assisting our first goal," said head coach Chris Kouns. "It was a terrific ball to Becca (Cartmill) and is an assist that I hope she remembers for a long time"

Capital outshot Heidelberg, 20-6, while also holding a distinct advantage in shots on goal at 9-3.

"I thought we started slowly," Kouns said. "To Heidelberg's credit, their off sides trap gave us fits because we were very static. I thought overall thought it was a good showing and hopefully one we will build off of going into the OAC Tournament." 

With the win, the Crusaders are now set to conclude their 2014-15 regular season campaign this coming Saturday morning, as they host Baldwin Wallace. First kick is set for 11 a.m. at Bernlohr Stadium.