Maroon women’s soccer dominates possession, scoring en route to 4-0 win over Principia

Mia Calamari
Mia Calamari

CHICAGO – In the eighth all-time meeting between the University of Chicago women's soccer team and Principia College, the Maroons controlled the ball early and often to create consistent chances en route to a 4-0 shutout on Saturday.

The Maroons improved to 4-2-0 and dropped the Panthers to 2-4-0. UChicago now leads the all-time series against Principia 3-1-4. The matchup was the first between the Maroons and the Panthers since a contest that ended 1-1 in 1993.

UChicago is now 4-0 in home games this year, outscoring the opposition 17-1 in that time.

Working on the left wing as a forward, senior Julia Ozello whipped the ball across the goal face early on, accounting for the first two chances. Sophomore forward Mia Calamari got the scoring started for the Maroons in the 15th minute. Using her body to shield the ball, she won a loose ball in the box. A swift move to get the ball open on her right foot was all the space she needed, knocking a hard, low shot in the bottom of the net.

From then on, the Maroons enforced their will and dominated the action. After a shot from sophomore defender Whitney Cargile deflected off of the crossbar, senior midfielder Naomi Pacalin made sure to swiftly finish the chance, upping the lead to 2-0.

A constant all afternoon for UChicago was the strong play of Calamari – specifically in the chances created off of her set pieces and corner kicks. The Maroons' third goal came on one of Calamari's corners when she targeted sophomore defender Kaitlin Price. Price exploded through the ball with her head and into the netting to make it 3-0.

A pair of freshman accounted for the Maroon's fourth goal. Freshman midfielder Dana Ulrich ripped a shot towards goal only to have it knocked down in the box by a Panther hand, prompting a penalty kick. Fellow freshman midfielder Jenna McKinney stepped to the line and coolly buried the ball with the inside of her right foot, giving the Maroons a 4-0 lead before end of the first half.

In the second half, UChicago worked in a bevy of substitutes and the Maroons moved the ball around. In addition to the shutout, the Panthers did not record a shot on goal. UChicago ended up outshooting the visitors 24-2 and owned the corner kick advantage 10-1.

Freshman goalkeeper Piper Mik moved her won-loss record to 4-2-0 and picked up her second shutout of the season.

NEXT MATCH:

  • Sunday, September 20 – Christopher Newport University at UChicago, 3:30 PM