LISLE, Ill. – A last-second sequence with the clock winding down in the first half proved to be the difference in a tight contest on the road in the No. 3 University of Chicago men's soccer team's 2-1 win at Benedictine University Wednesday.
With the score knotted at 1-all and the 10-second countdown of the opening half begun, Maroons' junior Dayo Adeosun alertly threw the ball in quickly on the Benedictine half and found Sam Drablos about 10 yards from the goal.
Drablos' header on the ball out of the air just missed a score and drilled the crossbar, but a sprinting Kyle Ruark, a Maroons' first-year, beat his man and drilled in the rebound with 3 seconds left to give UChicago (2-0-1) a one-goal lead at the break.
UChicago starting keeper Aaron Katsimpalis didn't face a shot on goal in the remaining 45 minutes, as the Maroons' defense locked down to keep the Eagles (1-2) off the board to close out the game.
Benedictine struck first in the contest, scoring in the 12' when Hayden Van Son redirected a pass from Yair Ortega into the goal, capitalizing on the Eagles' only shot on goal for the contest.
The lead didn't last long.
Three minutes later, the D3Soccer.com's 2017 Forward of the Year, Max Lopez, connected for his second goal of the season on a deft shot from the center of the box that beat the BU keeper left. Teammate Matthew Koh, who initially delivered a corner into the box, slotted in the assist after the Eagles attempted to clear the first attempt.
UChicago outshot Benedictine 16-4, including 4-1 on goal, and had 11 corner kicks compared to just one for the hosts.
Of Note: Lopez's goal gives him six points for the season and breaks the century mark for his career at 101. The senior is 14 points away from tying Paul Schuster (115) for the No. 2 spot in the UChicago record books and 19 from all-time leader Dennis Ball (120).
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