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UChicago Men's Soccer Season Comes to a Close; Maroons Fall 3-1 to Ohio Wesleyan in Regional Final

UChicago Men's Soccer Season Comes to a Close; Maroons Fall 3-1 to Ohio Wesleyan in Regional Final

HOLLAND, Mich. - The University of Chicago men's soccer season came to an end with a 3-1 loss to Ohio Wesleyan in the Division III NCAA second round hosted by Hope College on Saturday.

It was just the second loss of the season for the Maroons, who conclude the year with a 12-2-5 overall record. UChicago won its fourth-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) title in 2019 and became the first team in UAA history to win all seven conference games without allowing a goal defensively.

The Maroons began their postseason run with a 4-1 victory over Dominican (Ill.) in the NCAA first round Friday, marking the program's sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, a run dating back to 2014.

Ohio Wesleyan was the runner-up in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament with an at-large bid. The Bishops defeated Hope 2-0 Friday to continue through to the second round.

UChicago took a 1-0 lead over Ohio Wesleyan just before the half, when junior midfielder Bryce Millington notched his sixth goal of the season in the 43rd minute.

The play began off of a corner kick, in which the Maroons were able to control and get three touches on the ball before it reached Millington. Freshman defender Griffin Wada had one of those touches, volleying a shot that was blocked by a Bishop defender. Millington was there on the backside, rushing in to finish left-footed at the six-yard box to put UChicago up 1-0 at the half.

Things did not continue to go UChicago's way in the second half, as Ohio Wesleyan went on to score three unanswered goals to upset the Maroons.

The Bishops were awarded a penalty kick that tied the game in the 65th minute. Ohio Wesleyan took the lead with a goal by Adam Yingling in the 80th minute and tallied an insurance goal in the 89th minute to cap the win.

Junior Aaron Katsimpalis faced five shots in goal for the Maroons and made two saves. Katsimpalis allowed just 13 goals and made 73 saves throughout the 2019 season, finishing the year with a 0.64 goals-against average.

UChicago took eight shots in the game, placing three on goal. Ohio Wesleyan had seven shots overall.

The Bishops (15-5-3) advance to the NCAA tournament round of 16 and will face Sunday's winner between Luther College and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. UChicago's second round NCAA loss snapped its two-year streak of advancing to the tournament's final four.

Saturday marked the final game for UChicago's three seniors, Sam Barovick, Renato Corghi and Nate Johnson. The trio accomplished a four-year record - and the best in program history - of 66-8-12 and reached the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, including back-to-back Final Four appearances.