CHICAGO – A quick scoring barrage right at the start of the second half provided both goals for the University of Chicago men's soccer team in a 2-0 win against visiting Macalester College on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 2-ranked Maroons improved to 5-0-1. The Scots fell to 3-2-1 on the year.
The opening 13 minutes played out slowly. Macalester displayed an organized and disciplined defense that put 10 behind the ball and tried to constrict UChicago's space moving forward. The Maroons remained patient throughout, calmly working the ball in from the back line with precision passing.
Junior forward Dayo Adeosun provided the first shot on goal of the game at 13:38. In the 21st minute, first-year midfielder Vicente Mateus got open in the box, but pushed his attempt left of the post.
The big opportunity came at 23:20, when UChicago was taken down in the box on a breakaway, which was awarded a penalty kick. However, the PK was saved by the sprawling goalie and the score remained knotted at 0-0.
Senior forward Max Lopez got several opportunities with headers that just missed during the course of the first half. The Scots came within inches of giving themselves the advantage in the final minute of the half. A long ball bounced once in the box and the subsequent header pinged off the crossbar and out of play.
Just over one minute into the second half, senior forward Matthew Koh sped into the box behind his defender and was taken down from behind. Once again, the penalty kick was saved. But Koh followed up on the rebound and scored point blank to put his team up 1-0.
A mere 26 seconds later, Koh setup Adeosun on the run and the junior scored point blank to make it 2-0. It was Koh's 27th career assist, which ties the school record.
Both sides subbed liberally during the second half and score line held up at the final horn.
UChicago owned a 14-9 lead in shots and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis (5-0-1 record) collected two saves to secure his third shutout of the year.
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