CHICAGO – In its return from a three-game conference road trip, the University of Chicago men's soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with visiting Carthage College on Wednesday night.
The No. 3-ranked Maroons ran their record to 8-1-5 while snapping its five-match shutout streak. The Red Men moved to 7-9-1.
With Carthage putting 11 players behind the ball for much of the first half, UChicago searched for holes in the defense to set themselves up. One of the home team's best chances came in the 21st minute when first-year forward Kameron Bloye got into transition and forced a diving save by the Carthage keeper. Bloye frequently created opportunities for himself with fancy footwork that led to seven total shot attempts.
The Red Men put UChicago on its heels for the final 15 minutes of the half and fired off a flurry of chances. In the closing seconds, Carthage had two goals denied. An initial blast through traffic in front was stopped by a UChicago defender, and the ensuing rebound was miraculously saved by junior goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis, who reached up with his left hand from the ground to deflect the shot off the right post.
The Maroons struggled much of the night to effectively connect passes while pushing forward, but finally got their breakthrough in the 67th minute. A Carthage turnover was pounced upon, as sophomore midfielder Vicente Mateus fed fellow sophomore Sahil Modi on the run for his fourth goal of the season.
However, five minutes later, the Red Men answered back. A heavy touch by the Maroons in their own third put a ball into open space for Jerry Patino to hit a 25-yard blast inside the far post.
Bloye kept firing off aggressive attempts and first-year defender Richard Gillespie also got into the action with a couple close calls on headers. But a winning goal proved elusive and the teams ended tied after 110 minutes of play.
Katsimpalis tied his career high with nine saves on the evening. UChicago held a 21-17 edge in shots and a 5-2 margin in corner kicks.
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