Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC )Women's Soccer Regular Season Champions (1997, 1999,2004 2013)
Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Women's Soccer Tournament Champions (1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013)
NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Tournament Appearances (1999, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013)
NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Tournament Semi-Finalist (2013)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Welcome to the Family... Megan Lindbert



Megan comes to us via Roselle, Illinois, where she enjoyed a very successful career at the high school level (Lake Park HS) as well as at the club level (Sockers FC ECNL ). She is transferring into Capital as a sophomore after completing her freshman year playing for NCAA Division I Kent State University in 2013.

A few of Megan's high school accomplishments include being a four (4) year varsity soccer letter winner and a team captain both her Junior and Senior years at Lake Park.  Although she missed a portion of her Junior year with a knee injury Megan finished her Lake Park career having led the Lancers to both an Illinois Regional and Sectional Championships.  Individually Megan earned multiple Upstate Elite Conference honors, as well as, both Illinois All-Sectional and State honors, while setting Lake Park Soccer school records for:  Most Goals in a Season, Most Points in a Season, Most Goals in a Career and Most Points in a Career.  Megan also finished off her career being honored by the Daily Herald as an Athletic Scholar for her Senior year.

In terms of her club accomplishments Megan enjoyed a tremendous career as the captain for the Chicago Sockers FC ECNL.  Megan's Sockers team won two (2) US Club Soccer Regional Championships representing Illinois in the US Soccer Region II Championships.  She led the Sockers to several Illinois State Cup finals, Nike Cup Tournament Championships and was moved up to the oldest age group to participate in the US Club Soccer National Cup and Manchester United Cup Championships for the Sockers.

According to Coach Kouns "We are very excited that Megan decided to join our family and can not wait for her to arrive on campus in August. Megan offers us tremendous leadership and experience.  She is going to instantly make us a more dangerous team due to her intelligence as a soccer player and ability to finish."

Monday, April 28, 2014

CAP WSOC NIGHT WITH THE CREW!!!

APRIL 26 WAS A GREAT NIGHT FOR CAPITAL WOMEN'S SOCCER 
AS WE WERE HONORED BY THE COLUMBUS CREW FOR OUR
2013 NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST FINISH! 

To read more about the evening you can click here for the story from the Capital Athletic Website:  http://athletics.capital.edu/sports/wsoc/2013-14/releases/20140421rczxph

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Welcome to the Family... Chloe Brown


Chloe comes to us via Monclova, Ohio, and has enjoyed a very successful career at the high school level (Anthony Wayne HS) as well as at the club level (Pacesetter SC ).

A few of Chloe's high school accomplishments include: Four (4) year varsity soccer letter winner and senior captain for Coach Lori Williams.  Chloe helped lead the Lady Generals to a 2013 Northern Lakes League (NLL) Championship, back-to-back District Championships in 2012 & 2013, Regional Semi-Finals in 2012 and she scored the goal to send Anthony Wayne to the Regional Final in 2013.  You can check out video of Chloe's game winning goal via BCSN news at:  http://social.newsinc.com/media/json/69017/25308329/singleVideoOG.html?type=VideoPlayer%2F16x9&videoId=25308329#

Individually Chloe was earned 2013 All Northern Lakes League honors, as well as, 2013 All-District honors.  In conjunction with her academic success she was earned the 2013 Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award from the NLL, the NW Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association (NWOSSCA) and the Senior Excellence Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. 

In terms of her club accomplishments Chloe is currently playing for the Pacesetter Soccer Club.  Chloe's Pacesetter team were the 2012 Ohio-North State Cup Finalist and are currently ranked #3 in OH-N. 

According to Coach Kouns "We are very excited that Chloe decided to join our family and can not wait for her to arrive on campus in August. Chloe offers us tremendous leadership as a defender, or defensive midfielder, and her intelligence as a soccer player will reap great rewards this fall."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Welcome to the Family... MacKenzie Ciganick


MacKenzie comes to us via Bellaire, Michigan, and enjoyed a very successful career with her Bellaire High School Boys Soccer teammates.

As a four year letter winner for Bellaire High School Boys Soccer MacKenzie's high school accomplishments include being a 2013 Michigan High School Boys Soccer State Semi-Finalist with a 24-2 record, as well as, achieving both MHSSA Division 4 Regional and District 64 Championships.  Mackenzie also helped lead Bellaire to a perfect 10-0 record as 2013 Northern Michigan Soccer League (NMSL) Boys Soccer Champions, a 2012 NMSL Championship and three Team Academic All State selections.


In addition to her successful soccer career MacKenzie also enjoyed a tremendous career as a two time captain for the Bellaire Girls Track team.  The 2013 Track MVP earned All County, All Ski Valley Conference, and All Division 4 Region honors.  MacKenzie qualified in both 2013 & 2012 for the MHSSA state track meet in the 300 meter hurdles, the 800 meter relays and 1600 meter relays.  As a result of her tremendous athletic and academic career MacKenzie was named as the Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award Winner!

According to Coach Kouns "We are very excited that MacKenzie decided to join our family and are looking forward to her to her arrival on campus in August.  MacKenzie brings with her a level of competitiveness and a toughness, from her career playing with boys, that will no doubt permeate the entire program and make it tough for opposing defenses to deal with!"  


 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Welcome to the Family... Caroline Hester

 
Caroline comes to us via Milford, Ohio, and has enjoyed a very successful career at the high school level (Milford HS) as well as at the club level (Cincinnati United Premier Gold ).

A few of Caroline's high school accomplishments include: Two (2) year varsity soccer letter winner at Milford, 2012 & 2013 Eastern Cincinnati Conference Soccer Championships and finishing as the #10 ranked team in Ohio. Individually Caroline was earned Academic All-ECC Conference honors in 2012 and 2013.  She was also named All-Southwest Ohio and All-Ohio in addition to serving as both the Junior Class and Senior Class President at Milford HS. 

In terms of her club accomplishments Caroline is currently playing for the U18 Cincinnati United Premier Gold team where she is also a teammate of fellow in-coming student-athlete Kiley Buchanan.   Just a few of their recent accomplishments have been:  2013 Adidas Blue Chip Showcase Champions, 2013 Crossroads of America Quarter-finalist, as well as, 2011 & 2013 Ohio-South State Cup Semi-Finalist.  This past year CUP Gold was also ranked the #4 team in Ohio-South.

According to Coach Kouns "We are very excited that Caroline decided to join our family and can not wait for her to arrive on campus in August. She offers us the opportunity to strengthen both our defense, and our midfield, making us a much more flexible unit moving forward for the fall!"

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Welcome to the Family... Kaitlyn Semelsberger



Kaitlyn comes to us via Akron, Ohio and has enjoyed a very successful career at the high school level (Walsh Jesuit HS) as well as at the club level (Internationals ECNL).

A few of Kaitlyn's high school accomplishments include: Four (4) year varsity soccer letter winner at Walsh Jesuit, three (3) 2010, 2012 & 2013 Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships and one (1) NSCAA High School National Championship in 2010. Individually Kaitlyn was named the 2013 Defensive MVP at Walsh Jesuit, All-North Coast League 1st Team and Akron Beacon Journal's Player of the Week.  Academically Kaitlyn also enjoyed a number of athletically related awards being named both GASSCA Senior All Star and NSCAA Academic All American, as well as, earning membership in the National Honor Society and First Honors at Walsh Jesuit all four years.

In terms of her club accomplishments Kaitlyn and her Internationals ECNL teammates qualified for the 2012 ECNL Champions League, 2012 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships and were the 2012 US Club Soccer Super Cup National Champions.  This Spring Kaitlyn is playing with the Cleveland Futbol Club. 

According to Coach Kouns "We are very excited that Kaitlyn decided to join our family and can not wait for her to arrive on campus in August. Her pedigree and work rate as a center back will not only make us a better defending team in the fall but for many years to come."


 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Welcome to the Family... Kiley Buchanan



Kiley comes to us via Milford, Ohio, and has enjoyed a very successful career at the high school level (Milford HS) as well as at the club level (CSA & Cincinnati United Premier ).

A few of Kiley's high school accomplishments include: Three (3) year varsity soccer letter winner at Milford, 2011 & 2013 Eastern Cincinnati Conference Soccer Championships and finishing as the 2011 Ohio Southwest Regional Finalist . Individually Kiley was earned All-Conference honors in 2011 and 2013 but suffered an ACL tear in 2012.  Returning from her knee injury for the 2013 season Kiley was named Milford High School team captain and finished her high school career at Milford leading them to a 46-15-14 overall record.

In terms of her club accomplishments Kiley is currently playing for the U18 Cincinnati United Premier Gold team where she is also a teammate of fellow in-coming student-athlete Caroline Hester. 

According to Coach Kouns "We are very excited that Kiley decided to join our family and can not wait for her to arrive on campus in August. Although we liked what we knew about her prior to our summer ID camp last year we came out of camp convinced that Kiley will help bolster our attacking threat in the coming year."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Welcome to the Family...Mary Bushee



Mary comes to us via San Marcos, California, and has enjoyed a very successful career at the high school level (San Marco HS) as well as at the club level (San Diego Surf Soccer Club U19 ).

A few of Mary's high school accomplishments include: Four (4) year varsity soccer letter winner at San Marcos, 2012 Southern California Classic Soccer Tournament Championship and four (4) consecutive Avocado East League Championships from 2010 to 2014.  Individually Mary was named 2013 & 2014 Union Times News Scholar Athlete, the 2014 San Marcos HS soccer team captain, as well as, 2013 & 2014 First Team All League.  In addition Mary has also earned four (4) varsity letters in softball where she's enjoyed Avocado East League Championships in 2012 & 2013 and earned her 2013 Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

In terms of her club accomplishments Mary and her San Diego Surf teammates have been 2013 Pegasus Cup Champions, 2013 United Cup Champions and 2014 U19 California Developmental League Champions.

According to Coach Kouns "We are very excited that Mary decided to join our family and can not wait for her to arrive on campus in August. She is a very versatile player who will compete as both a defender and an attacker in the year to come."
 

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome to the Family... Amanda Kachaylo



Amanda comes to us via Moon Township, Pennsylvania, and has enjoyed a very successful career with her PA Crew club team and high school team from Moon Area High School.

A few of Amanda's high school accomplishments include:  Sectional Champions 2010 & 2012-2013, WPIAL Runner Up 2011, WPIAL Semi-Finalist 2013 and PIAA State Soccer Champion 2012.  Amanda also earned All-Section and All-WPIAL honors in 2013. 


In addition to her soccer accomplishments Amanda is also a tremendous all around athlete.   Throughout her high school career she has lettered in track, cross country and even diving.  This year she is also playing softball and will graduate with a very impressive nine varsity letters for her career at Moon. 

According to Coach Kouns "We are very excited that Amanda decided to join our family and are looking forward to her to her arrival on campus in August.  Amanda is both a winner and competitor.  Her mentality and attitude will help us attack and defend better, just as she did to help her team win the Pennsylvania state Soccer Championship."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Welcome to the Family... Shelby Johnson


Shelby comes to us via Brentwood, California, and has enjoyed a very successful career at the high school level (Heritage HS) as well as at the club level (Mustang Soccer Club U18 ECNL). 

A few of Shelby's high school accomplishments include: NCS distinguished athlete 2010-2014, NCS Scholar Athlete 2010-2011, Heritage HS Athletic Award 2010-2014, Heritage HS Athletic Directors Academic Award 2010-2011. Honorable Mention All-League 2014

In terms of her club accomplishments Shelby has been a 2011 Mustang Stampede Semi-Finalist,  2011 Magic Cup Semi-Finalist, 2011 NorCal State Cup Champion, 2012 Davis Showcase Champion, 2012 Patadores Cup Finalist and 2012 Mustang Stampede Semi-Finalist. 

According to Coach Kouns "We are very excited that Shelby decided to join our family and can not wait for her to arrive on campus in August.  She is a very versatile attacking minded player who will pose an immediate threat to opponents this Fall."

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yes... we are Happy!

Click here to see why we are HAPPY!


I was sitting in the office today and someone asked me how I was doing?  So, as I began to think about it I realized I have a ton to be Happy about!

In the past year I've taken the team to Brazil for pre-season.  I've welcomed 10 new members into our soccer family.  I've been a part of winning both an OAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship.  I've been fortunate enough to coach in a game where we beat the #1 team in the nation.  I've been blessed to appear with my team in the NCAA Division III Final Four.  I've seen our hard work rewarded with a #8 National Ranking (the first in the he history of the program).  I've been lucky enough to coach two All-Americans.  I've been honored to be among the national finalist for the NSCAA National Coach of the Year Award.  I'm on track to have ten of my eleven seniors graduate on time in May and the eleventh will be graduating in December.  I, and everyone associated with our program, truly has alot to be Happy about!

Monday, March 3, 2014

It's that time of the year again!

Now that the cold of winter is slowly beginning to subside it is time for the Crusaders to get back out on the field and begin prepping for the 2014 campaign!

Under the direction of their new captains:  (Rising) Jr. Mariah Richards, Jr. Ashleigh Schmittle, Jr. Maura Fortino and So. Claire Quinn Capital will start their allowable training dates on March 10.  They will then have 15 training dates and a play date at NCAA Division I Bowling Green to help set the tone for not only the off season, but, the 2014 competitive season as well!

We hope Mother Nature will help us out with the weather in the week to come and hope you will stay tuned in for upcoming announcements about the Crusaders!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Final piece of the puzzle

 
 
Last night at the Capital Women's Basketball game the Crusaders were honored for their OAC Regular Season & Tournament Championships as well as their NCAA Semi-Finalist appearance.  They were also presented their rings by Capital Athletic Director Dr. Stephen Bruning.  This was the final hurrah for the team as some will be doing study abroad for the rest of the semester and the seniors will be focusing on graduation.  Regardless it was a terrific final piece of the puzzle to complete the 2013 Championship picture.
 


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Capital Honored by Columbus Sports Commission







Members of the women's soccer team take part in the Greater Columbus Sports Commission's The Women's Sports Report on Feb. 11, 2014.  The team members were interviewed on stage before the crowd of almost 700 meeting participants giving them an opportunity to talk about our program and what it took to make it to the NCAA Division III National Semi-Final.

From left, senior Michelle Geiger, sophomore Mariah Richards, freshman Claire Quinn, seniors Hilary Ells, Corey McClellan and freshman Becca Cartmill.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

All Americans in Philadephia


This past weekend at the NSCAA Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, PA the three All-America representatives from Capital University were honored at the All-America Luncheon! Seniors Hilary Ells and Maggie Donnellan represent the Women's Team while Senior Goalkeeper Bob Weisgarber represented the Men's Team! Congratulations to all three of our All-Americans on receiving such a high and reputable National honor!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

ACADEMIC ACCOLADES



Donnellan, Geiger and McClellan Named Scholar All-East Region 



Maggie DonnellanA trio of seniors from the Capital University women's soccer team were named to the NSCAA Scholar All-East Region in recognition of their accomplishments during the 2013 season.

Goalkeeper Maggie Donnellan (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned first team honors, while defenders Michelle Geiger(Cincinnati, Ohio) and Corey McClellan (Columbus, Ohio) were named honorable mention.
Donnellan, an education major, maintained a 3.51 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale through the end of the spring 2013 semester to earn one of 13 coveted spots on the first team.
Michelle Geiger
Geiger, a nursing major, has posted a 3.84 grade point average, while earning her first-ever Scholar All-East Region award.
Corey McClellanFor McClellan, much of the same in terms of making her first appearance as a Scholar All-East Region award winner, as she maintained a 3.51 grade point average while pursuing her degree in Biology/Pre-Med.
All three of these scholar seniors helped the Crusaders women's soccer program anchor a defense which propelled them into the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III National Semifinals this past December.


Women’s Soccer Trio Named Academic All-Ohio

Left to right: seniors Maggie Donnellan, Corey McClellan and sophomore Mariah Richards were named Division III Academic All-Ohio by the OCSA. (Jeff Konczal/Jeff Mills photos).

Three members of the Capital University women's soccer team were selected Division III Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA), the organization announced Friday, Jan. 10.
Senior Maggie Donnellan (Cincinnati, Ohio) garnered first team accolades, while senior Corey McClellan(Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore Mariah Richards(Canton, Ohio) earned second team honors.
All three players helped the Crusaders make their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament national semifinals in early December and post a school-record 19 wins during the 2013 season. Capital shared the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title and won the OAC Tournament championship before making its unprecedented run in the NCAAs, when they knocked off three straight nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 1 Washington (Mo.) in the national quarterfinals.
Donnellan and McClellan each served as captains in 2013.
Donnellan became the program's second-ever National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-American in December. She currently carries a 3.77 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and is majoring in education.  The team's starting goalkeeper for the last four years, Donnellan was named OAC Goalkeeper of the Year and first team All-OAC for the third consecutive year before earning first team NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III All-America honors. She led the OAC and ranked 13th in the nation in save percentage (.883) and posted a 19-5-2 record with eight solo shutouts (13 total shutouts).
McClellan, a second team All-OAC pick, recorded a GPA of 3.84 as a biology/pre-med major. A four-year starter, McClellan played a major role in helping Capital post 13 shutouts during the season. She also tallied an assist on the Crusaders' first goal in the team's 2-1 win over No. 14 Thomas More (Ky.) in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 on Nov. 23.
An Academic All-OAC honoree, Richards is a biology/pre-med major and carries a 3.65 GPA. She was named second team All-OAC for the second consecutive season and finished with seven points (three goals, one assist). Richards was the game-winning goal scorer in Capital's first two victories in the NCAA Tournament, defeating Chicago 1-0 in the second overtime in the first round before finding the back of the net late in the first half of the team's 1-0 victory over No. 16 Wisconsin-Whitewater in the second round.
Academic All-Ohio honorees must have started more than 50 percent of their team's games, must be of sophomore academic standing at their current institution, must carry at least a 3.20 GPA, must have participated in 50 percent of the team's games at the position on the nomination form and must have been a significant contributor to their team's success.

Story courtesy of our Sports Information Department. This full article and other articles from the season and post-season can be found on our website:  http://athletics.capital.edu/sports/wsoc/index

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

ALL-AMERICAN HONORS

 
Senior goalkeeper Maggie Donnellan and senior forward Hilary Ells are two of just four players in Capital women's soccer history to earn All-America accolades.


Capital University seniors Maggie Donnellan and Hilary Ells became the third and fourth student-athletes in women's soccer program history to earn All-America accolades Friday as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced its 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women's All-America Teams.
Donnellan, a goalkeeper from Cincinnati, Ohio, earned first team accolades to become the first player in school history to earn first-team recognition. Ells, a forward from Grandview Heights, Ohio, garnered third team honors.
As two of the team's four captains, Donnellan and Ells have played an integral role in helping the Crusaders reach all-time heights in 2013. Capital enters the NCAA Tournament semifinals this weekend in San Antonio, Texas, with a school-record 19 wins and the program's first-ever appearance among the nation's final four teams.
The Crusaders shared the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title before earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of their second OAC Tournament championship in three years. Ells tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal in the team's 4-0 victory over John Carroll in the title match on Nov. 10.
Capital's improbable road to San Antonio traveled through Wisconsin and St. Louis, Mo. The Crusaders defeated the University of Chicago and No. 16 Wisconsin-Whitewater to advance to their first-ever Round of 16, where they knocked of No. 14 Thomas More (Ky.) and top-ranked Washington (Mo.).
Against Washington, which hosted the sectional semifinals and final, Donnellan tallied a career-high 18 saves and helped the Crusaders defeat the Bears on penalty kicks, 3-2. After converting Capital's third penalty kick, Donnellan saved Washington's final attempt to send the Crusaders to the national semifinals.
Donnellan, who was named OAC Goalkeeper of the Year for the third straight season and recently earned NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region first team accolades, ranks 13th in the nation with a save percentage of .883. She enters play this weekend with a 19-4-2 record and has started in all 13 of Capital's shutouts, completing eight of them.
For her career, Donnellan is a four-time All-OAC selection, two-time all-region pick and a 2013 Academic All-OAC award winner.
Ells earned OAC Forward of the Year and first team all-conference. After missing the 2012 season due to injury, Ells picked up right where she left off as a second team All-OAC selection as a sophomore. Ells currently leads the OAC in both points (28) and goals (14), and has a team-best six game-winning goals in 2013. On Oct. 22 against Marietta, she became the first Crusader since 1999 to score four goals in a match.
A 2011 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District second team honoree, Ells has 65 points for her career.
Donnellan and Ells will be recognized Saturday, Jan. 18, at the annual All-America Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. Those selected as All-Americans, their coaches and families can register online for the luncheon here.
Capital's duo represented the lone All-America selections from the OAC.

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA
Senior goalkeeper Maggie Donnellan directs traffic during the Crusaders' NCAA Tournament semifinal match against No. 3 William Smith (N.Y.) on Dec. 6, 2013, at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas. (Larry Radloff/d3photography.com photo)

Capital University senior Maggie Donnellan added another accolade to her decorated 2013 award slate Wednesday, earning first team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women's Scholar All-America (College Division) honors.
An education major, Donnellan maintained a 3.51 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale through the end of the spring 2013 semester to earn one of 13 coveted spots on the first team. The goalkeeper from Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of two players in program history to be named an Academic All-American. Molly Sheils garnered second team honors in 2009.
"I am so happy for Maggie that she is being recognized for every aspect of her hard work," Capital coach Chris Kouns said. "In our program, we tell every prospective student-athlete that we expect you to be a winner on the field, in the classroom and in life. Maggie embodies all three areas."
To be eligible for nomination, student-athletes must have maintained at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA throughout their career, started more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team. The college division includes all NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA institutions.
Donnellan played a crucial role in the Crusaders' run to the NCAA Division III Tournament semifinals, as well as the team's Ohio Athletic Conference regular season championship and OAC Tournament title, in 2013.
One of four team captains, Donnellan was named OAC Goalkeeper of the Year and first team All-OAC after leading Capital to 11 shutouts during the regular season and conference tournament. After recording shutouts in Capital's first two NCAA Tournament matches to help send the team to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history, Donnellan posted 10 saves to help lead the Crusaders to a 2-1 triumph over No. 14 Thomas More (Ky.), then registered a career-high 18 saves and came up with several clutch plays as Capital knocked off No. 1 Washington (Mo.) in the national quarterfinals. She stopped three of five penalty kicks and converted a PK of her own as the Crusaders advanced to the NCAA semifinals, 3-2 on PKs, following a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtimes.
Donnellan finished with a 19-5-2 record and led the conference in save percentage (.883) and total saves (151), with both marks ranking among the top 30 in the nation. She totaled eight solo shutouts and started in five others to help the team rank first in the league in shutout percentage (13 of 26, 50 percent).
After earning first team NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region honors, Donnellan became the first player in school history to earn first team NSCAA Division III All-America accolades. She was also named Academic All-OAC and recently received first team Division III All-Ohio merits from the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA).
All Academic All-Americans will be recognized Saturday, Jan. 18, at the annual All-America Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.


Both stories provided by SID department and can be found on our website: http://athletics.capital.edu/sports/wsoc/index

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season!! 

Check out the Capital University Holiday video: http://youtu.be/bJChpVqDFxw

Thursday, December 12, 2013

NCAA ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM



Senior defender Lauren Roy, of the Capital University women's soccer team, has been named to the NCAA Division III National Tournament All-Tournament Team following the Crusaders first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament National Semifinals.
Roy, a Toledo, Ohio, native, earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team after helping the Crusaders lock down the back half of their defensive line, while appearing in her first-ever NCAA Division III National semifinal match.
Senior defender Lauren Roy earned NCAA Division III National Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. (Jeff Mills photo).
On the season, Roy tallied four points on two goals, both of which came in two of the biggest games for the Crusaders this season, as she scored one of four goals in a 4-0 shutout win over John Carroll in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, while the other goal was the biggest of her career in a 2-1 victory over Thomas More (Ky.) in the NCAA Tournament Sectional Semifinals.
All season long, Capital's defense has been the backbone of its OAC regular season and Tournament Championship honors, while also helping lead the Crusaders on an incredible run through the NCAA Tournament, all while helping strong goalkeeping allow a 0.76 goals per game mark on a .059 shot percentage to its opponents.
Capital capped off its historical season this past Friday, falling 1-0, against William Smith (N.Y.) in an NCAA Tournament National Semifinal match, finishing with a program best 19 wins (19-5-2 overall).
 

NATIONAL RANKINGS

The honors continue to pile up for the Capital University women's soccer team, as they add three separate final national rankings to the list of their historical 2013 season.
The Crusaders earned the No. 8 ranking in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA National Rankings, No. 9 on D3Soccer.com and No. 19 in the final Bennett Rankings.
"I could not be more proud of the fact that this team did things no one thought possible this year," said head coach Chris Kouns. "Our society values flash and high profile players, and that was not what our team was all about. We had a lot of good players who were willing to fight and work for each other and as a result, their collective efforts helped them achieve heights few would have imagined possible for Capital women's soccer."
D3Soccer.com rankings are based off of weekly votes coming from a panel of coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country.
In that specific poll, Capital topped Thomas More (Ky.) and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, both of which were defeated by the Crusaders in the NCAA Tournament.
As far as the NSCAA National Ranking, that specific poll is made up of nominated teams by region, in Capital's case the Great Lakes Region, with a winning percentage of .750 and above, which is then voted on by coaches within the region and across the nation.
"In terms the culture of our program, this Top 10 National Ranking is the validation that we hoped for," Kouns said. "The culture we are developing values the process of a team striving to maximize their potential.  It focuses on the journey, not the destination, and the belief that if we do the right things in the classroom, on the soccer field and in life we will be rewarded, and we have been."a
The Crusaders also topped Thomas More and Wisconsin-Whitewater in that poll as well.
The Bennett rankings are calculated on factors such as: where games were played, who won, what ranking the opponent had and goal differential. 
"One of the greatest compliments I've received about our total team effort this year came from the gentleman in charge of the Bennett Ranking system," Kouns said. "He told me Capital had been the greatest bug in his system all year long because Bennett Ranking is based solely on statistics and logarithms." 
Capital also topped Wisconsin-Whitewater in that final poll.
"In a logical world, we should not have been where we were and statistically should not have done what we did," Kouns said. But, those things don't tell the story of a team, people do, and we had a story to tell."
Overall, Capital (19-5-2 overall) earned all three national rankings after capping off a historic season in the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III National Semifinals.