UChicago Men's Soccer Topples Wheaton 4-0 in Home Opener

Max Lopez
Max Lopez

CHICAGO – After opening the 2018 campaign with four games on the road, the No. 2 University of Chicago men's soccer team returned home to Stagg Field and didn't disappoint the Maroon faithful with a 4-0 victory over Wheaton College Wednesday.

UChicago (4-0-1) remained unbeaten and led 2-0 at the break, as seniors Matthew Koh and Max Lopez opened the scoring to put the hosts up front early. The speedy Koh was first, as he beat his defender down the right side and used an assist from Dayo Adeosun in the 17' to beat the Thunder keeper for his team-leading fifth goal of the year.

Lopez wasn't far behind him, scoring an unassisted strike in the 23', drilling a shot to the upper left corner to make the score 2-0 at the break. Sophomore Carter Romero nearly added another score before half, but the goal was called back by an offsides call as the Maroons dominated the first 45 minutes, outshooting the Thunder (2-1-1) by a 10-4 margin in the first half.  

UChicago's offense continued to charge forward in the second half. First-year Vicente Mateus struck for his first collegiate goal after a scuffle in the box that saw the Maroons fire two shots – one from Romero and another from Koh – before the rookie was able to corral it and score just under the cross bar.

Fellow first-year Peyton Lane joined in on the action in the 70', after Lopez sent a perfect ball ahead to a sprinting Kyle Ruark. Wheaton's keeper, Hasten Biddlecome, recorded another one of his four saves by stopping Ruark on the 1v1, but Lane was there to clean it up to collect his first goal of his career.

Wheaton nearly got on the board late in the 76', when the Thunder's Miseker Wingate beat two Maroon defenders and got a point-blank shot in front of the net. But UChicago keeper Aaron Katsimpalis came up with a huge save, as he would go on to finish the game with four stops.

In total, UChicago outshot the Thunder 19-11, including 8-4 on goal. Wheaton did have more corner kicks, 6-2.  

Both teams emptied their benches in the contest, with a total of 47 players seeing action Wednesday.

NEXT GAME:

  • Saturday, Sept. 15: Macalester at #2 UChicago, 3P CT