August 30, 2014
Women’s Soccer Slips to #14 Capital, 2-1
HUNTINGDON, PA- The Juniata women’s
soccer team hosted one of the top squads in the country in #14
Capital on Saturday afternoon at Winton Hill Field. Despite
yielding an early goal in the first half, the Eagles hung tough
with the Crusaders but fell just short in a 2-1 defeat.
The teams were even in shots at 10 each. Juniata led in corner
“I was very pleased with our effort today,” said
head coach Scott McKenzie following the game. “ I was very
pleased with our level of fight and I was pleased with how we
didn’t give up. Coming out of the game tied 10-10 in shots ,
up 3-0 in corners, and losing 2-1, there is nothing to hold your
head down about it.”
Capital got on the board in the 7th minute of the
contest. Amanda Kachaylo got around a Juniata defender and had an
open shot to give the Crusaders the early lead.
The Eagles outshot the Crusaders 5-2 in the first frame but
goalie Kim Leitch came up with three saves to preserve the Capital
lead. The vistors went into halftime ahead 1-0.
In the second half, Capital nearly took a 2-0 advantage but
Shelby Johnson’s shot attempt hit the crossbar and back into
the field of play in the 52nd minute. In the
54th minute, the Eagles would knot the game at 1-all as
Leitch was drawn out of the box and Devin Kos (Bellefonte,
PA/Bellefonte Area) lofted a high kick from nearly 40
yards out that found the back of the net to tie the contest
The score remained 1-1 for nearly 20 minutes of play until the
73rd minute when Kachaylo assisted Becca Cartmill.
Cartmill’s shot got past a diving Kerry Leonard
(Cockeysville, MD/Maryvale Prep) and into the left corner
of the goal.
The Eagles would continue to fight until the end. Juniata had
possession in the Capital end of the field in the final minute but
could not get the goal it needed as the Crusaders walked off with
Starting her first collegiate game in net, Leonard finished with
two saves. Leitch had three stops.
Despite the result, McKenzie was pleased about his team’s
performance. “What we saw today was a good team go out and
play, and I couldn’t be any happier for them,” he
The Eagles get right back to business tomorrow afternoon when
they travel to Greenville to face Thiel. Game time is set for 2