Women's Soccer Takes On Defending OAC Champions Saturday

Senior Kylee Kolesar is tied for the team lead with three game winning goals.
Senior Kylee Kolesar is tied for the team lead with three game winning goals.

Mount Union's women's soccer team (8-4-0, 2-2) faces defending Ohio Athletic Conference champions Capital, (7-5-1, 3-0-1) Saturday at 4:00 p.m. 

The Crusaders currently are in second place in the OAC with ten points, while the Purple Raiders are in fifth place with six points. 

The Raiders are coming off a three-game home stand with a 2-1 record with victories over Marietta (3-1) and Wilmington (3-2), and the loss coming in their last game against John Carroll (3-1). This was only the second loss at Mount Union Stadium for the Raiders, with the first loss coming against Grove City (Pa.).

Shannon Evans (Newbury/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) scored the only goal for the Raiders in their last game against John Carroll. Evans leads the team and conference with nine goals and 19 points, and is tied with teammate Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor) for the most game-winning goals in the OAC with three. 

Evans continues to climb in the Raiders' record books, and now ranks third all-time with most goals in a season as a freshman (9) and fourth all-time with most points in a season (19). 

Goalkeeper Maria Favorite (Chesterland/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) ranks tenth all-time in school history with 108 career saves. 

First year women's soccer assistant coach Tara Zimmer (Capital '12) returns to her alma mater, where she helped the Crusaders win their fifth OAC championship, and earn their first ever NCAA tournament berth.  

Last season, Capital earned the number three seed in the OAC tournament and advanced to the championship match where it defeated John Carroll 4-2. They defeated Alma (Mich.) in the first round of the NCAA DIII women's soccer tournament 1-0, but were defeated by Wheaton (Ill.) 3-0 in the second round. Wheaton advanced to the national championship where it was lost to Messiah (3-1). 

The Crusaders are currently on a three-game win streak with victories over Ohio Northern (2-1), Heidelberg (1-0, and Wilmington (2-1). 

In last season's match, the Crusaders defeated the Raiders 4-0, and lead the all-time series with a record of 12-7-3. 

Natalie Fiorelli leads the Crusaders with six goals on the year which ranks fourth in the conference, and is tied with teammate Kim Hoerauf for the team lead in points with 12.