On Saturday we had our Red Card Cancer game that raised money for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center research and treatment program. Our opponent was Mt. Union and they joined us in the fight against cancer and helped us raise funds! We came together for a greater cause and raised over $1,400! We sold t-shirts and accepted donations for wristbands and both sets of fans were very generous in helping us reach our goals!
Each team had honorary captains who were either cancer survivors or cancer fighters and they were recognized for their courage in fighting such an intimidating and life altering sickness. They participated in the coin toss and were able to sit on the bench and cheer on their teams!
As we started the game both teams came out strong but soon we took possession of the ball and started to work the game around creating chances. Half way through the first half, at the 23rd minute, Amanda Kachaylo took her dribble towards the 18 box and hit a lofted shot that went over the keepers head! This effort left us up 1-0 at the end of the first half!
At the start of the second half, Capital took charge and aggressively went on the offensive creating a scoring opportunity only 57 seconds later! Becca Cartmill had the ball outside the 18 and passed it into the box to Maura Fortino who finished low in the corner! 14 minutes later Amanda Kachaylo once again took the ball towards the goal and played the ball past the keeper! The game ended with the Crusaders ahead 3-0 in our first conference game of the year!
This game was a great confidence booster and really showed the potential of our team! We fought hard, played smart, and there was an immense amount of effort from everyone who stepped on the field! Today we take on Muskingum at their place at 7pm! Wish us luck as we take on our second conference opponent of the year!