CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Chicago women's soccer team scored one goal in each half in its home opener to beat Denison University 2-0 on Saturday.
The No. 14-ranked Maroons improved to 5-0-0 and the Big Red fell to 4-2-0.
Denison played high pressure throughout the first half and played balls into the box from out wide on the right. The Big Red managed to earn six corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes. But it was UChicago who emerged from the first half with the lead.
In the 19th minute, senior forward Meghan Derken got open in the middle of the attacking third and headed straight for the goal. The Denison goalkeeper came out to try to cut her off advance, and Derken responded by quickly chipping the ball over her head from the top of the box to score. Senior midfielder Sara Kwan and freshman defender Mia Calamari both earned assists on the play.
Once the second half rolled around, UChicago asserted itself and controlled play going forward. Derken assisted on an insurance goal at 53:32 when junior midfielder Nicole Mullen came running into the left side of the box and scored her second goal in two games. Mullen had also tallied the game-tying goal at Aurora University on Sept. 8.
In the final stats, the two teams were tied at 14 shots each while Denison led corner kicks 7-2. Senior goalkeeper Mallory Morse played the first half and made four saves to get the win. Morse has yet to allow a goal in 225 minutes of play this season. Fellow senior goalie Jacinda Reid came in for the second half and made three saves to preserve the shutout.
- Wednesday, Sept. 17 – UChicago at North Park University, 7 PM