Lopez's Game-Winner Seals Win at Wheaton for No. 1 Maroons

Hill Bonin had four saves in his third shutout of the season.
Hill Bonin had four saves in his third shutout of the season.

WHEATON, Ill.Max Lopez continued his offensive brilliance to net the lone goal of the game in the first half and the No. 1 University of Chicago men's soccer team's defense held off host Wheaton College in a 1-0 victory Wednesday.

Lopez connected on his team-leading ninth goal of the year in the 31st, beating the Wheaton keeper with a header with the help of a Josh Scofield assist to put the top-ranked Maroons up, 1-0, heading into the break.

The junior forward's game-winner was the fifth of the year for Lopez, which leads all of NCAA Division III, while his nine goals stand sixth nationally.

The Thunder (3-4) kept the UChicago offense quiet down the stretch by edging the Maroons in shots (7-6) in the second period. The Maroons did outshoot Wheaton for the game, 13-12, but both teams stood tied in shots on goal with four each.

Senior keeper Hill Bonin helped preserve his team's perfect 7-0 record with four saves in the shutout, his third of the season.

Lopez led Chicago with six shots and Andre Abedian added three.

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