Maroon Women’s Soccer Rallies Past Kalamazoo 3-2

Rachel Dias
Rachel Dias

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Chicago women's soccer team pulled a victory from their first road contest of the season on Tuesday as they came from behind in the second half to top Kalamazoo College by a 3-2 margin.

Although an early goal from junior Hanna Watkins put the visitors in front, the hosts leveled matters not long after, then pulled ahead in the opening minutes of the second half. UChicago responded to the challenge, ratcheting up the attacking pressure before first-year Nicole Willing equalized in the 67th minute. It only took five more minutes to find the winner courtesy of junior Rachel Dias and the Maroons closed out the game firmly in control.

It was Dias who set the table for the opening score as Watkins gathered her cross and deposited it into the bottom corner nine minutes in.

UChicago maintained the initiative, but saw two good looks at goal from senior Jenna McKinney denied.

The Hornets evened the score in the 17th minute, as Kai Ketola skidded a low cross into the box to set up Libby Munoz, whose shot clipped the far post and found the net.

It seemed like the Maroons might take the lead again as the first half wound down. First-year Nicole Kaspi sent an opportunity over the bar while her classmate Anna Kening-Ziesler fired twice from inside the area, hitting the post on her first attempt.

After the interval, however, it would be Kalamazoo that struck first. Hornets sophomore Joy Hunziker chased down a loose ball in the corner and cut to the edge of the box before finding Munoz at the front post, who turned and shot to claim her second goal of the day and put the hosts up 2-1.

A Maroon long ball found McKinney soon after, but her attempted response was saved. Watkins had another promising look in the 61st as the Maroons began the search for an equalizer.  

In the 67th minute, a Kalamazoo foul set up a free kick from thirty yards out. First-year Adriana Shutler fired on goal, but her effort found the arms of the keeper. UChicago won the ball back in midfield and Shutler played a sprinting Katie Jasminski ahead down the right wing. Jasminski's ball across the face of goal found Willing, who converted to tie the game.

Unsatisfied with the status quo, the Maroons remained on the attack. A go-ahead goal nearly came in the 72nd minute as a shot from first-year Peyton Jefferson was parried into traffic, precipitating a scramble in the box that ended when Willing sent one rattling off the post.

Another foray began in the 73rd minute as McKinney slid a perfectly weighted ball to Willing. Charging up the middle, Willing split the defense but couldn't quite get around the outstretched Kalamazoo keeper. Although McKinney's follow-up shot was blocked, UChicago recycled the ball and quickly made the most of it as Kaspi laid it out for Dias on the left. Cutting back in to the edge of the box, Dias launched a right-footed curl that tucked high into side netting, just inside of the far post. 

The goal put UChicago ahead with a little more than a quarter of an hour to play, and the Maroons ensured Kalamazoo would get no more than a glimpse of goal in the time remaining. Indeed, it was the visitors who had more of the late chances, nearly doubling their lead as Kaspi hit the crossbar in the 85th and a sprawling save denied Watkins a minute later. The Maroons outshot the Hornets 14-3 in the second half and 24-10 overall.

Kalamazoo managed to send the ball rolling toward the Maroon goal as the final seconds ticked away, where sophomore keeper Miranda Malone (2-0 record) collected it as UChicago clinched the come-from-behind road win. Malone made four saves with two goals allowed. Corner kicks were even at four apiece.

NEXT MATCH:

  • Thursday, Sept. 6 @ 4:00 PM – Knox College at UChicago