Women’s Soccer Advances to OAC Semifinals

Freshman midfielder Shelby Johnson. (Jeff Mills photo).
Freshman midfielder Shelby Johnson. (Jeff Mills photo).

Shelby Johnson interview

COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's soccer team defeated John Carroll in overtime, 1-0, on Tuesday in an Ohio Athletic Conference quarterfinal match at Bernlohr Stadium.

Capital (14-5-1 overall, 6-2-1 OAC) will now play in the OAC Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive season, facing No. 2 seeded Ohio Northern in Ada, Ohio on Thursday at 4 p.m.

In the first half, it was the Crusaders who held a 14-3 shot advantage over the Blue Streaks, including a 9-0 lead in shots on goal. However, neither team managed to tally a goal in the opening period, leading to a scoreless tie at halftime. 

Neither team managed to find the back of the net in the second half either, leading to an overtime period after 90 minutes of play. Capital again outshot John Carroll 12-7 in the second frame.

Just over five minutes into the overtime period, freshman midfielder Shelby Johnson (Brentwood, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal in the 95th minute off a rebounded shot from the Blue Streaks goalkeeper, tapping her shot in to advance the Crusaders to the conference tournament semifinals.

With the decisive goal, Johnson posted her fifth goal of the year and third score in the last five games.

"We are very excited to take one more step towards our goal," said head coach Chris Kouns. "Today was a terrific effort full of attacking and promise. Our defensive pressure absolutely took John Carroll out of their game and led to the vast majority of our 30 shots. We felt a bit disrespected after the loss at John Carroll a few weeks ago, and came out today making sure that was not going to happen again."

The Blue Streaks goalkeeper was busy on the afternoon, stopping 15 shots, as Capital unloaded 29 total shot attempts for the game. Capital's goalkeeper, junior Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio), was stellar in goal for the Crusaders, saving all three shots on goal that she faced.

"Give John Carroll's goalkeeper credit," Kouns said. "She kept the score closer than it should have been.  Hopefully we can take the motivation of facing another team who put a blemish on our record and turn in a similar effort against Ohio Northern.  If so, then we will give ourselves a chance to come out on the 

positive side of the score line again."