Saturday night, the Lady Raiders hosted Capital in a Homecoming night showdown. The Raiders entered the game with a 5-6-1 (1-3 OAC) record, and the Crusaders came in sporting a 10-4 (3-1 OAC) record. Mount Union frequently found themselves on defense in Saturday night’s game, as the Crusaders continually put pressure on Mount Union goalie Skyelar Mantz.
The Crusaders first got on the board in the nineth minute when Olivia Rotolo put a pass from Jordan Fike past Mantz. Capital managed to push their lead to two in the 22nd minute when Jordan Fike scored an unassisted goal. A few minutes later, Capital’s Lauren Bowe drew a yellow card in the 27th minute following a collision with one of the Lady Raiders. At halftime, the Raiders went into the locker room facing a 2-0 deficit and not a single shot. Capital, on the other hand, entered the locker room at halftime with 13 total shots.
The second half went very much like the first, as Capital continued to dominate and press the Mount Union defense. Capital continued to build their lead in the 63rd minute when Avery Hart found the back of the net for an unassisted goal. Ten minutes later, the Raiders made a substitution in the goal when freshman Sarah Taranto came on in relief for Mantz. Not long after, Julia Krause put the Raiders on the board in the 74th minute when she put home a pass from Sara Thomas.
Capital didn’t waste much time in responding, as they once again pushed their lead to three in the 77th minute when Hillary Counts scored the third unassisted goal of the night for the Crusaders. In the second halftime, the Raiders got their only four shots of the night, but the Crusaders tacked on another 22 shots. At the end of regulation, Mount Union fell by a score of 4-1. This loss changed their record to a 5-7-1 (1-4 OAC). Capital improved to 11-4 (4-1 OAC) on the year. The Lady Raiders will next be in action on Wednesday, October 23 when they travel to Marietta for a 7:00 P.M. OAC matchup.