Lopez Tallies Historic Goal in Maroon Men’s Soccer 2-1 Defeat at Case

Max Lopez
Max Lopez

CLEVELAND – For the second-straight game, Max Lopez made University of Chicago men's soccer history. The senior forward netted his 50th career goal, breaking the school record previously held by Dennis Ball (1971-73). On Friday at Carnegie Mellon University, his 122nd point surpassed Ball's previous record of 120 points. 

However, a late penalty kick call went against the visitors in a 2-1 loss at Case Western Reserve University on Sunday. The No. 1-ranked Maroons (12-1-1 overall, 3-1 UAA) absorbed their first defeat of the season to the No. 19-ranked Spartans (11-2-1, 2-1-1 UAA).

The scoring didn't open up until the 55th minute, when CWRU gained the lead on a shot from the middle of the box to the top right corner. But UChicago answered back in the 63rd minute as a foul in the box led to a penalty kick. Lopez stepped to the dot and fired in the PK for his 12th goal of the season.

The stalemate was broken with under nine minutes remaining when an ill-timed foul in the box against the Maroons gave the Spartans a penalty kick of their own. The hosts converted and held UChicago off to clinch the upset.

UChicago outshot CWRU 19-8 with a sizable 8-1 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore goalie Aaron Katsimpalis (12-1-1 record) made three saves with two goals allowed.

NEXT GAME:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 @ 7:00 PM – Carthage College at UChicago