CHICAGO, Ill. -- The University of Chicago men's soccer team fell behind in the first nine minutes of the game and ended up with its first loss of the year 2-1 against Kalamazoo College on Saturday.
The Maroons dropped to 3-1-0 and the Hornets evened their record at 2-2-0.
Kalamazoo struck early on with a goal in the ninth minute. A long pass from the midfield got behind the defense and Noah Bushaw rushed in one-on-one with the goalkeeper from the left side. Bushaw pushed the ball inside the far post to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage.
Despite the deficit, UChicago produced better chances on goal throughout the half. The Maroons consistently found open shots from 20 to 25 yards out and went into halftime with an 8-5 lead in shots.
In the second half, Kalamazoo snuck behind the defense again to make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Another long pass from the right side of midfield found the foot of Roger Mason Darling, who volleyed it straight to the head of Nicholas Shabino for the uncontested goal.
UChicago picked up the urgency and cut the lead to 2-1 in the 58th minute. A steal in Kalamazoo's defensive zone led to a run up the right side by Matt Vecchitto. The junior forward reached the end line and slotted a pass to junior midfielder Michael Choquette, who jumped and struck a volley into the back of the net.
The Maroons continued to push and earned six corner kicks in the second half, but the Hornets held steady down the stretch to capture the win. UChicago finished with a 19-13 edge in shots and a 9-7 advantage in corner kicks.
Sophomore goalie Brett Wiesen (3-1-0) was saddled with the loss, allowing two goals with three saves in 53:28 of playing time. Sophomore goalie David Cohen played the last 36:32 in relief and made a tremendous save one-on-one in close at the 67:25 mark.