ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Despite playing down a man for nearly 50 minutes, the University of Chicago men's soccer team wrapped up the regular season with a 0-0 double overtime tie at Washington University-St. Louis on Saturday night.
The No. 1-ranked Maroons moved to 16-0-2 on the season with a final University Athletic Association (UAA) record of 5-0-2. The Bears ran their record to 10-4-1 overall and 2-3-2 in the UAA.
UChicago already assured itself a spot in the postseason by clinching the UAA title on Oct. 30, earning the conference's automatic bid in the process. The Maroons will find out where their spot in the NCAA Division III Championship bracket will be on Monday, Nov. 7. The NCAA online selection show kicks off at Noon (CT):
The scoreless first half saw UChicago have the better of the action. The visitors outshot the hosts 7-2 in the opening 45 minutes. One of the best opportunities came from sophomore forward Matthew Koh as his shot was denied by WashU's defenders for a team save in the 21st minute.
The momentum of the game shifted dramatically in the 61st minute when UChicago was assessed a red card. The Maroons were forced to play 10 vs. 11 for the rest of the match as a result. Regardless of the hindrance, UChicago kept WashU off the scoreboard and forced overtime with the score knotted at zero.
The two sides played a pair of 10-minute overtimes and concluded with a scoreless tie. Over the course of 18 games this season, UChicago did not allow any goals after halftime and held a 28-0 goal differential in those periods.
In the final stats, the Maroons outshot the Bears 12-10 and led corner kicks 4-2. Junior goalkeeper Hill Bonin (16-0-2) made four saves in 110 minutes to pick up his 13th shutout of the season.