Women’s Soccer Rallies in Second Half to Overcome Fredonia

Women’s Soccer Rallies in Second Half to Overcome Fredonia

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Women's Soccer came out flashed its offensive prowess with three goals in the second half, aiding them in their 3-1 victory over SUNY-Fredonia on Saturday morning. The win marks their first of the season and the first of Matt Ogden's collegiate coaching career.

The Blue Devils' Alexis Moreland put the guests ahead, 1-0, with her tap in in the 44th minute. Fredonia took that lead into the half, but the second belonged to Capital.

Capital created many more scoring opportunities and blasted 11 shots on goal in the second half alone, comparing favorably to Fredonia's four. Sophomore Mary Bushee (San Marcos, Calif.) equaled the score when Capital converted a Blue Devil turnover into a goal. Following a turnover deep in their own territory, Bushee received a chip pass from Monique Hanayik (Sidney, Ohio) and put it away to the keeper's right.

Less than nine minutes later, Kathy Connor scored her first collegiate goal, receiving a feed from Caroline Hester (Milford, Ohio). From nearly 30 yards out, Connor struck a beauty that carried over the keepers head, tailing to the near-side post, and found the back of the net. It would later prove to be the game-winning tally.

Returning all-region standout Becca Cartmill (Temecula, Calif.) sealed the deal with Capital third goal of the half, unassisted. The junior motored through traffic and dribbled into the box where she put a hefty strike on the ball, blasting it past FSU keeper Kendall Owczarzak.

Junior Alexis Brand (Orlando, Fla.) earned her first win of the season between the posts, making five saves on six attempts.

The victory not only put one in Capital's seasonal win column, but also marked the inaugural collegiate win for first-year head coach Matt Ogden.

The Crusaders will now face a quick turnaround by hosting the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium. Capital was forced to play its match with Fredonia on Saturday morning due to weather postponing action on Friday night. Wittenberg University and Fredonia will open in a neutral-site match on Saturday at 11 a.m. from Bernlohr Stadium.