CHICAGO – A physical battle that went a full 110 minutes ended in a 1-1 tie between University of Chicago men's soccer and Rowan University on Friday night.
The No. 7-ranked Maroons moved to 2-0-3 on the season, while the Profs ran their record to 3-1-1.
UChicago found itself behind the eight-ball early on, as Rowan aggressively pressed all over the field, forcing players to make rushed decisions on passes. An unfortunate trend of early surrendered goals continued as a bouncing ball in the box was accidentally scored for an own goal at 5:18 into the match. All four goals UChicago has allowed this year have occurred in the opening six minutes.
The home side grew into the game as the half progressed and started to find its possession. Rowan's physical style of play led to 16 fouls committed in the first 45 minutes, and the Maroons looked to take advantage. They did just that 16 minutes into the game, as a free kick by sophomore midfielder Vicente Mateus found streaking first-year defender Richard Gillespie, who struck a header with authority past the oncoming goalkeeper.
UChicago's best chance to take the lead came in the 40th minute when sophomore forward Jorge Branco's free kick was saved by the diving goalie, with the rebound pinging off the crossbar.
As the second half commenced, the Profs showed more urgency and began to control the action once again for the next 15 minutes. Junior goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis made a clutch play in the 54th minute when a UChicago defensive giveaway turned into an open rush on goal. Katsimpalis came out to the meet the attacker and saved the ensuing shot with his feet. The junior later submitted a sensational leaping stop to his left on a long-distance strike to keep the game even.
Quality chances abounded for UChicago, who slowly but surely took control of the midfield. However, the winning score proved fleeting. The match ended in a 1-1 tie following a pair of 10-minute overtimes.
The Maroons won the shots tally 18-11 and dominated corner kicks 11-2. The physical nature of the contest was reflected in the 40 total fouls and five yellow cards that were given out. Katsimpalis (2-0-3 record) made four saves.
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