CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team maintained its torrid pace on its home grass with a 4-0 victory versus visiting Wheaton College on Wednesday.
The No. 19-ranked Maroons (11-4-0 overall) have won all nine of their home games and recorded their eighth shutout of the season. The No. 21-ranked Thunder ran their record to 11-5-0.
Stagg Field's grass has played to the strengths of UChicago's offense all year long, as 32 of the team's 36 goals have come at home. That trend proved true once again on Wednesday. The Maroons snatched the lead right off the bat as a scramble in Wheaton's box allowed junior midfielder Sophia Kim to score her third goal of the year only 86 seconds into the contest. Senior midfielder Naomi Pacalin and senior forward Julia Ozello were credited with the double assist.
UChicago maintained the run of play all afternoon and were particularly dangerous on the counter attack. The lead increased to 2-0 in the 33rd minute when sophomore forward Kelsey Moore scored on a running volley in front off a long cross from the left side of the field by sophomore defender Whitley Cargile. Moore's goal was her fifth of the year.
Another tally was added just before halftime in the 43rd minute. Senior forward Mary Bittner came racing in from the right side and netted her third goal courtesy of freshman midfielder Elliana Graham's assist.
Wheaton began to even out play more in the second half. But their several close chances in the box were cleared out each time by UChicago's defenders. The game's final goal came at the 55:22 mark, when Ozello tallied her second score of the season. Kim and sophomore Mia Calamari both earned assists on the play.
With her 14th assist, Calamari broke her own singles-season school record that she set last year. Her 27 career assists rank third in program history.
The shot totals went in favor of UChicago 20-8, while corner kicks were 6-1 to Wheaton. Freshman goalkeeper Piper Mik improved her record to 11-4-0 with two saves. Mik has recorded seven shutouts this season.
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