Hart Named OAC Co-Freshman of the Year and Five Others Receive All-Conference Honors

Hart Named OAC Co-Freshman of the Year and Five Others Receive All-Conference Honors

By: Allison Lowe, assistant sports information director 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer finished the 2019 campaign with an overall record of 14-6 and went 7-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Given the team's impressive performance this season, six Crusaders earned spots on the All-OAC teams, including two first-team selections, three second-team, and one honorable mention. The Purple and White's very own freshman forward Avery Hart (Pickerington Ohio / Pickerington North) has been chosen by the league of coaches as the 2019 OAC Freshman of the Year along with Wilmington's Lauren Galloway. 

Seniors Allyssa Kimbler (London, Ohio / London) and Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty) were named First Team All-OAC. This is the third consecutive year that Kimbler has earned all-conference honors and the second year for Fike. Senior Maggie Peddicord (Delaware, Ohio / Buckeye Valley), sophomore Gabbi Vigianno (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Bradley) and freshman Avery Hart were each named All-OAC Second team. This is Peddicord's third conference award and marks Vigianno and Hart's first. Junior goalkeeper Kelly Bachmann (Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville Community) was named All-OAC Honorable Mention, her third All-OAC recognition. 

A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Hart was named All-OAC Co-Freshman of the Year as well as All-OAC Second Team in her first year sporting the Purple and White. Hart was an offensive threat this year, tallying 10 goals and four assists, good for 24 points. Hart was tied with Fike to lead the team in goals this season. 

For the third consecutive year, Kimbler was named First Team All-OAC after leading the Capital's defense as the team's center back. Kimbler helped the team to eight shutouts this season. Not only did Kimbler hold down the fort in the back, but made a huge impact offensively with seven goals and one assist this season. 

Another successful season earned Fike First Team All-OAC honors. For the second consecutive year, Fike has led the team in points. She scored 10 goals and tallied 10 assists this season, good for 30 points. Along with her teammate Avery Hart, Fike is tied for fourth in the OAC for the most goals this season. Seven of Fike's scored this season proved to be game-winners. 

Peddicord has made an immediate impact since her freshman year. Peddicord has earned All-Conference honors since becoming a member of the Crusader women's soccer team. Peddicord had two goals this season, the second helped the Crusaders earn a victory over OAC Tournament runner-up, Otterbein University.

Vigianno was a key member of the Crusader midfield, scoring a goal to help the Crusaders to a 4-0 victory over Kenyon College. Vigianno was also played a major role in Capital's defensive efforts. The team allowed only eight goals for an average of 0.40 goals per game. 

Bachmann, an honorable mention selection last season as a sophomore, as well as her freshman year, started 15 games in goal for the Crusaders this year and allowed only 16 scores for a 1.06 goals against average, the third-lowest in the OAC. Bachmann is ranked second in the OAC for fewest goals allowed, one goal behind the league's leader. She made 43 saves this season, eight of those were in the first round of the OAC Tournament against Otterbein.