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Maroons men's soccer scores late to down Lake Forest 1-0

Michael Choquette and Brett Wiesen
Michael Choquette and Brett Wiesen

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Junior midfielder Michael Choquette buried the game-winning goal with about 10 minutes remaining in the game to give the University of Chicago men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Lake Forest College on Tuesday.

The Maroons improved to 5-2-1 while the Foresters fell to 5-5-0. UChicago has totaled 12 shutouts in its past 24 matches.

Both sides played at a fast pace from the opening whistle, making dangerous runs on goal in the first five minutes of the contest. UChicago began to control the action a bit more as the half went on. However, Lake Forest produced dangerous opportunities on the counterattack. In the 25th minute, the Foresters hit the post on a rush and immediately took a shot off the rebound. But Maroons goalie Brett Wiesen was there to make the save.

UChicago had several quality shots toward the net that were blocked by a defender's body. The two teams went into halftime tied 0-0 and combined for 27 shots.

UChicago's long runs finally paid off in the 80th minute. Junior forward Matt Vecchitto chased down a ball near the goal line and crossed it to the top right of the box, where Choquette stood unmarked. Choquette slotted the ball past the diving goalkeeper to put the home team up 1-0. The Maroons then salted away the final minutes to preserve the win.

The Foresters led the shot totals 21-20 and corner kicks were even at four apiece. Wiesen (5-1-1) tallied nine saves and earned his third shutout of the season.