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Maroon Men’s Soccer Draws 1-1 at Wheaton

Vicente Mateus
Vicente Mateus

WHEATON, Ill. – A night full of close calls and offensive aggression ultimately ended in a 1-1 deadlock for the University of Chicago men's soccer match at Wheaton College on Tuesday night.

The No. 6-ranked Maroons (2-0-4 record) have now gone to double overtime in five of their six contests this season. The Thunder moved to 4-2-1.

A mere 18 seconds into the game, UChicago struck the opening blow. First-year forward Kameron Bloye found sophomore midfielder Vicente Mateus, who ripped a shot for his third goal of the year.

The Maroons owned much of the first half, outshooting the hosts 16-4. The score remained 1-0 going into the break.

Sophomore midfielder Sahil Modi had a chance on a breakaway five minutes into the second half, but he just missed the upper 90 with a left-footed chance as the goalkeeper came out to challenge. UChicago continued to make dangerous forays into the box throughout.

However, Wheaton began to find its offense on the counter attack to make the game a more even affair, including a near breakaway with nine minutes remaining that missed the left post. Then in the 85th minute, the Thunder found the equalizer with an 18-yard loft shot that cleared the goalie top shelf.

The two overtime periods did not produce any goals, but Wheaton came closest with two minutes left. Junior goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis made a clutch reaction save on a point-blank volley off an open cross.

In the final stats, the Maroons outshot the Thunder 29-17, with an 8-1 corner kick advantage. Katimspalis tied his career-high with nine saves. A total of seven yellow cards were given out to the teams.

NEXT GAME:

  • Friday, Sept. 20 @ 6:00 PM – UChicago at Loras College