CHICAGO – Coming off three-straight wins against nationally-ranked opponents, the No. 18-ranked University of Chicago women's soccer team utilized two goals by Kelsey Moore and stifling defense to beat conference foe Case Western Reserve University 2-0 on Friday afternoon.
The win improved the Maroons to 12-4-0 overall and 4-1-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The final two games of the season will be played in Hyde Park against No. 3-ranked Carnegie Mellon University (13-1-1 overall, 4-1-0 UAA) and then No. 6-ranked Washington University-St. Louis (14-2-0 overall, 4-1-0 UAA). The Spartans dropped to 7-5-4 overall, including 0-4-1 in conference games.
The Maroons did not take long to get on the score sheet, breaking through in the game's third minute. Freshman midfielder Jenna McKinney dribbled up the middle of the field, found senior forward Julia Ozello running up the left side of the field and played a clever through ball. Ozello ran onto the ball, playing it across the goal face to Moore, who struck the ball into the back of the net commandingly. The passing that set up the goal was fast and anticipatory, making it tough for the visitors to stop.
In the 30th minute, Moore continued her scoring ways. The sophomore forward gathered the rebound off of senior midfielder Naomi Pacalin's shot and scored from almost the same spot that her first tally occurred. Moore currently leads the team with seven goals and has scored in back-to-back matches.
The Maroons commanded the pitch all afternoon, dominating possession and chances. The hosts were able to integrate a bevy of substitutes to keep everyone fresh. The Spartans were limited to a mere two shots on goal and neither threatened freshman goalie Piper Mik. With two saves on the day, Mik (12-4-0 record) earned her eighth shutout of the season. Her goals against average now stands at a sparkling 0.64.
UChicago outshot Case 12-5 overall and 4-2 in shots on goal. The Maroons also took the corner kick battle 4-0.
- Sunday, November 1 – Carnegie Mellon University at UChicago, 11 AM