CHICAGO – An impressive goal from freshman midfielder Jenna McKinney in the opening minutes boosted the University of Chicago women's soccer team to a 1-0 win against No. 24-ranked Emory University on Saturday.
With the victory in the University Athletic Association (UAA) opener, the Maroons improved to 8-3-0 overall. They have won all eight of their home games so far this year. The Eagles fell to 7-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference. Emory leads the all-time series 16-11-3 between the two teams.
UChicago got the home fans on their feet right away in the sixth minute. A clearance from the back line went to sophomore forward Mia Calamari, who flicked the ball ahead to McKinney. The freshman received the ball about 65 yards from goal and then made a big burst through the teeth of the defense. McKinney weaved through five defenders and finished in the box with the third goal of her rookie campaign. Calamari collected her team-best 10th assist, which is the third-highest total in a season in school history.
McKinney persisted as a thorn in Emory's side with her breakaway speed, which led to a number of drawn fouls. The contest got more physical as it went along as both sides felt the urgency to get off on the right foot in the conference race. Numerous fouls and three yellow cards resulted.
UChicago freshman goalkeeper Piper Mik was up to the task on her line. She made a career-high eight saves in the match and cut down all of Emory's best chances. The eight saves doubled her previous best effort of four. The Eagles made one last gasp with a shot on goal with 36 seconds remaining in the game, but Mik's stop sealed the match.
Emory ended up with a 15-13 shot advantage while UChicago led corner kicks 3-2.
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