CHICAGO – University of Chicago men's soccer completed its historic run through the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a 3-0 triumph over rival Washington University – St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.
The Maroons (11-1-5 record) became the first team in UAA history to win all seven conference games without allowing a goal defensively. No. 6-ranked UChicago ended up outscoring the opposition by a combined 14-0 margin in the seven shutout efforts. Previously, New York University went 4-0-3 with no goals allowed in UAA play in 2010.
With its fourth-straight UAA title secured, the Maroons have already qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship field. The official postseason bracket will be revealed in an online selection show on Monday at 12:30 PM (CT) on NCAA.com.
Before Saturday's contest on the Stagg Field turf, the Maroons recognized its three-member senior class – Sam Barovick, Renato Corghi and Nate Johnson. Over the past four seasons, the Maroons own the best winning percentage in program history thanks to a 65-7-10 record (.854 winning percentage). UChicago has reached the NCAA Round of 16 three times and the national semifinals twice in that time.
UChicago looked sharp from the onset, stringing runs together with ease in the attacking third. The scoring commenced in the 11th minute when sophomore midfielder Vicente Mateus led junior defender Scott Lich with a pass into forward space that Lich buried for his third goal of the year.
Then in the 24th minute, junior midfielder Bryce Millington calmly deposited his team-leading fifth goal in close off a brilliant free kick from the left wing by first-year forward Kameron Bloye. The scoring barrage concluded in the 39th minute with sophomore forward Peyton Lane's strike off an assist by first-year forward Michael Johnson.
With the match in hand, the second half played without much drama. The Maroons were content to sit on their lead and keep the Bears in front of them. While WashU attempted to take advantage of a couple blocked clearances, the visitors could not get any quality looks past goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis. The junior made a pair of saves en route to his 10th shutout of the season.
The Bears led the final shot total 10-8 and corner kicks 2-0.
- NCAA Selection Show: Monday, Nov. 11 @ 12:30 PM (CT) on NCAA.com