Crusader women’s soccer confident going into conference

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With OAC conference games coming up this October, women’s soccer is ready, excited, and confident.

The women’s soccer team is currently ranked fifth in the Great Lakes Region. Wanting to be nationally ranked by the end of the season, the team is working hard to get ready for conference games to boost their rank.  

“I am really excited for OAC play to start this year,” Maggie Peddicord, senior defender, said. 

Maggie Peddicord, senior defender, chasing a loose ball in game against Olivet. Photo credits to Tim Janz.

The team will enter conference play in October and their current success throughout this season looks promising for conference games. 

According to Maggie Peddicord, the team has been working on and has been improving on possessing the ball more in the final third and connecting passes to help move the ball upfield. Crediting their success to teamwork and camaraderie, they’re hoping to continue and get great results. 

Maggie Peddicord, senior defender, taking a throw-in against Olivet. Photo credits to Tim Janz.

“I think a lot of it is our style. The style of play works with the girls we have on the team,” Jordan Fike, senior defender, said.  

Fike said that gaining a lot of new forwards has helped get pieces together to allow the team to score more goals. A big piece of their forward line is first-year forward Avery Hart who has been scoring a lot this season so far.  

The women’s soccer team is currently ranked fifth in the Great Lakes Region. Photo credits to Tim Janz.

“To be honest, this is the most talent that I’ve seen in my four years here,” Peddicord said. “I’m hoping we can get some great results out of it.” 

With eight new first-years this year, the Crusaders hope the new talent is just what they need to get nationally ranked. 

Peddicord and Fike both said that the team’s confidence level is high, stepping into conference play. They’ll have some great competition and some of their most challenging games in conference play.  

Ohio Northern will be one of the team’s bigger games this season as Capital hasn’t beaten them in the three years that the seniors have played them. Otterbein is another big game for Capital since they had lost to them twice out of their only three losses last year.  

Otterbein is currently ranked second in the Great Lakes Region and 22nd nationally. Capital hopes to beat them and get nationally ranked.

For rosters, statistics, and the season schedule, head to Capital’s Athletics page.  

Women’s soccer will start conference play against Baldwin Wallace on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

Mason White

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