CHICAGO – An incredible save late in the second half thwarted a potential equalizer for the University of Chicago men's soccer team as 10th-ranked North Park handed the Maroons a 1-0 setback Wednesday night at Stagg Field.
With No. 3 UChicago trailing by one score in the 77th minute, junior midfielder Nicco Capotosto sent a free kick into the box that found junior striker Max Lopez. The Maroons' leading scorer nearly delivered his 15th goal of the year on a screaming header just below the post, but North Park keeper Mathias Stulen timed his jump perfectly to punch the ball out for the save.
That's the best chance the Maroons (13-2) – who lost for just the second time this season – would get, as the Vikings (12-1-1) held on for an important regional win.
After both squads entered halftime in a scoreless draw, it was North Park who found the back of the net just one minute into the second period. Peder Olsen drove in a bouncing kick into the box that found teammate Matias Warp, who finished to the right side of the goal to give the visitors the lead in the 46th.
The Maroons' offense struggled to gain momentum early, as UChicago recorded just one shot in the first half and saw the Vikings win that category for the game, 10-8. Both teams finished with three shots on goal, with Lopez recording two and teammate Andre Abedian accounting for the third for UChicago.
UChicago did finish with three corner kicks compared to just one for the Vikings in a tightly contested match.
Senior keeper Hill Bonin finished with two saves in 90 minutes in goal, including a stellar stop in the second half on North Park's Carel Kuzona. Kuzona beat the defense and found himself in a 1v1 situation in the 53rd minute, but Bonin came off his line and stopped the shot with his body on the play.
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