UChicago women's soccer blanks Carthage 2-0

Sydney Mathis and Katie Donovan
Sydney Mathis and Katie Donovan

KENOSHA, Wis. – The University of Chicago women's soccer team wrapped up the first month of the season with a 2-0 shutout of Carthage College on Wednesday evening.

The No. 3-ranked Maroons (9-0 record) have now held seven teams off the scoreboard this year. They also defeated their fourth College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) opponent in-a-row and fifth overall. The Lady Reds dropped to 5-3.

UChicago experienced one of its most competitive matches of the season, as Carthage fired off 11 shots, including eight on goal. It marks the first time this year that an opponent has reached double-digit shot totals. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Donovan (9-0) was up to the task, making a career-high eight saves for her fifth shutout.

Carthage tested Donovan early by earning a penalty kick seven-and-a-half minutes into the match. But Donovan came up with the save to deny the Lady Reds and keep the game scoreless. UChicago later several close calls of its own. Sophomore midfielder Jenna McKinney and junior forward Madori Spiker both hit the post with strikes in the 17th and 24th minutes.

Just before halftime, UChicago delivered the go-ahead score courtesy of sophomore defender Sydney Mathis – her first goal of the year. At halftime, the Maroons held a 12-3 advantage in shots taken.

The visitors later doubled their lead at the 63:03 mark. Junior midfielder Mia Calamari netted her fourth goal of the season to put her team ahead 2-0. Calamari has now tallied at least one point in eight-straight matches.

Carthage put four shots on goal over the final 11 minutes of the match; however, Donovan saved each one to preserve the victory. The Maroons led shots 18-11 overall, while the Lady Reds held an 8-3 edge in shots on goal. Corner kicks went in favor of UChicago 8-4.

NEXT MATCH:

  • Saturday, Oct. 1 – UChicago at Emory University, 11 AM (ET)