Maroon Women's Soccer Draws with Hope, 1-1

Jenna McKinney
Jenna McKinney

CHICAGO — The University of Chicago women's soccer team and Hope College fought to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday afternoon at Stagg Field. Both sides enjoyed moments where they appeared on the cusp of a pivotal score, but neither managed to put the match-winner across after two goals in the first 15 minutes of play.

The No. 3-ranked Maroons moved to 4-0-1, while the No. 15-ranked Flying Dutch ran their record to 3-0-1.

Senior midfielder Jenna McKinney notched the equalizer for the Maroons shortly after Hope claimed an early lead. It was her third goal of the season.

UChicago launched 19 shots, while the Flying Dutch fired 12 of their own. The hosts also had the edge in opportunities from corner kicks, amassing six against Hope's lone attempt.

In the opening stages, UChicago controlled possession but had to contend with a high press from the visitors. The Maroons had a chance to strike first in the sixth minute from a corner, but junior midfielder Hanna Watkins saw her strong effort stopped and booted away.

Instead it was the Flying Dutch who found the net a minute later as a lofted through ball found a Hope forward racing in on goal past the back line of the defense.

Hope looked assertive after taking the lead, but the Maroons began to string together more probing attacks. It took just under 10 minutes for the hosts to pull level as senior left back Sydney Mathis swung a high cross in to sophomore midfielder Maddie DeVoe, who headed it down toward the front post where McKinney knocked it home.

UChicago kept up the initiative after the tying goal but could not produce many clear scoring opportunities. Hope soon turned the pressure back on the hosts and the last minutes of the half grew into a back-and-forth game in which both teams saw half-chances go by.

The second half began with the Maroons on the front foot again. Watkins had several shots saved and sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal just beyond the reach of an onrushing teammate.

As the game opened up, Hope created dangerous moments of their own and took over possession for extended stretches, putting the Maroon defense under duress. Junior defender Mackenzie Peebles earned a booking in the 73rd minute for a tackle that halted a breakaway. Not long after, the Flying Dutch ripped a shot barely beyond the top left corner. UChicago proved equal to the challenge, however, and as the threat from the visitors faded, the Maroons launched attack after attack in the dying minutes of regulation.

The 1-1 contest proceeded to extra time, where UChicago almost immediately had a chance at the winner before Hope racked up a few near-goals of its own. The Maroons responded with a number of promising balls into the box, but the Flying Dutch came the closest in the opening period, sending a clear shot wide of the post.

The second period of extra time brought more of the same as both teams threatened but neither could produce the winning score. With only seconds remaining, the ball fell to an open Hope attacker just a few yards from goal, but her shot drifted inches wide and the match finished in a draw.

Sophomore Miranda Malone (4-0-1 record) allowed one goal in 45 minutes of first-half action. Junior Katie Donovan played out the rest of regulation and both overtimes, snagging three saves along the way.

NEXT MATCH:

  • Sunday, Sept. 16 @ 1:00 PM – University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at UChicago