CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team pulled away from Christopher Newport University with three goals in the final 47 minutes to earn a 4-1 win on Sunday.
The result improved the Maroons to 5-2-0 overall in 2015. They are now 5-0 at home and have outscored the opposition 21-2 during these contests. It marked the first ever meeting between the Maroons and the Captains (5-2-1 record) in women's soccer.
Coming into the match, the Captains had only allowed four goals in their previous 660 minutes of game play. The Maroons scoring output in the contest matched that total. In addition to the four goals, UChicago hit the crossbar three times and also earned a penalty kick, which was saved by the CNU goalkeeper.
The home team generated three early chances, getting the ball to wingers who would in turn cross in front looking for oncoming attackers. In the sixth minute, sophomore forward Mia Calamari earned a free kick about five yards outside of the box. She unleashed a right-footed rocket that collided off of the crossbar. Calamari and freshman midfielder Jenna McKinney served as the focal point of the Maroon attack early on.
In the 12th minute, sophomore midfielder Kelsey Moore finished a Calamari corner with her head to give UChicago the 1-0 advantage. The Maroons have created 55 corner kicks this season (7.9 per game).
Just under five minutes later, Christopher Newport junior Victoria Perry raced up the right wing and played a ball across the goal face. The ball deflected off a player in front and into the net, tying the score at one.
Senior forward Julia Ozello and McKinney played effectively together on the left wing throughout the first half, creating consistent chances. Both were able to anticipate opportunities for through balls with McKinney's speed being utilized all afternoon.
Just before the half in the 44th minute, Price scored for the second time in two days via Calamari and senior forward Mary Bittner. UChicago went into the half with a 2-1 lead that featured a 16-4 shot advantage.
The Captains came out humming in the second half, creating multiple quality chances but ultimately failing to capitalize with a goal. For a short time, the Maroons got away from their possession-based style of play, instead opting for more kick and run. However, the Captains could not keep the Maroons dormant for long.
CNU kept the game close by saving a penalty kick at 66:12. But in the 70th minute, senior midfielder Nicole Mullen's lofted kick went to Price near the right post. She immediately headed the ball to junior midfielder Sophia Kim, who volleyed the ball into the back of the net for her first career collegiate goal.
UChicago's fourth and final goal came courtesy of freshman midfielder Dana Ulrich, who made an impact off the bench for the second-straight game. After adeptly timing her run to avoid an offside call, Ulrich streaked up the right wing on a long through ball and buried the shot to the back post less than five minutes after Kim's tally.
The Maroons held on to their 4-1 lead until the final whistle, extending their win streak to three games. In the final stats, UChicago outshot Christopher Newport 20-10. Corner kicks went in favor of the visitors 3-2. Freshman goalkeeper Piper Mik improved her season record to 5-2-0 with two saves and one goal allowed.
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