LISLE, Ill. – The No. 1 University of Chicago men's soccer team fell behind early but used a second-half surge to down host Benedictine University Wednesday in nonconference play.
Junior Max Lopez recorded his team-leading sixth game-winning goal of the year in the 58th minute to break a 1-all tie and put the undefeated Maroons in the driver's seat en route to a 9-0 overall record.
Benedictine (6-4) struck early in the match when Hugo Gomez connected on a header via a free kick in the 2nd minute to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead and the momentum against the nation's top-ranked team.
But the Maroons would respond in the 31st, when rookie Carter Romero made good on an Andre Abedian long cross into the box to knot the score at 1-all. The draw would last through halftime and into the 58th, until Lopez's header off a Matthew Koh cross gave UChicago a 2-1 lead and returned the momentum back to the visitors.
Romero – for the second time this season – scored his second goal of the game in the 62nd on another Koh assist to give the Maroons an insurance goal and keeper Hill Bonin preserved the score with his save on a Benedictine penalty kick in the 77th.
UChicago outshot the Eagles 15-8, but only 4-2 on goal. The Maroons also edged BU on corner kicks, 2-1. Bonin picked up his ninth win of the year, collecting one save.
Saturday, Sept. 30: #1 UChicago at Rochester (N.Y.), 11 a.m. ET