UChicago women's soccer loses to Carnegie Mellon 4-1

Mary Bittner
Mary Bittner

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team saw its 10-match home winning streak come to an end on the Stagg Field grass in a 4-1 loss to Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday.

The No. 18-ranked Maroons (12-5-0 overall) now stand in third place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a 4-2 record. The No. 3-ranked Tartans (14-1-1 overall) are tied for first place in the UAA at 5-1-0 with No. 6-ranked Washington University-St. Louis. UChicago and Washington-St. Louis will face off in the final regular season game next Saturday.

UChicago came into the day with a dominant home field advantage this season. The Maroons were a perfect 10-0-0 with a huge scoring advantage of 34-2 in that span.

The first half didn't feature many chances as the two sides combined for five shots. However, UChicago came close to cracking the scoreboard about 15 minutes into the contest. Sophomore forward Mia Calamari got the counterattack rolling and sent a through ball to freshman midfielder Jenna McKinney, who shed one defender on her hip with a deke. But before she could finish in the box, goalkeeper Katie Liston came forward and smothered the ball.

Despite the scoreless first half, UChicago controlled much of the action in the opening 45 minutes. Carnegie Mellon made a few adjustments in the second half to get more offense going and the Tartans broke through at the 57:04 mark. CMU smacked a rising shot from the top of the box that nailed the bottom portion of the crossbar and popped straight down past the goal line.

McKinney nearly tied the game in the 67th minute when she dribbled into the box and got her left-footed shot off. However, a diving save by Liston stopped the chance.

The visitors made it 2-0 at the 70:05 mark when a scrum in front saw the ball booted into the back of the net. Carnegie Mellon added two more tallies in quick succession. A header goal off a corner kick in the 79th minute followed by a rebounded ball that got past the goalie in the 81st minute increased the lead to 4-0.

UChicago scored a goal of its own in the final two minutes. Sophomore forward Madori Spiker hit the post with a shot and senior forward Mary Bittner pounced on the loose ball for her fourth goal of the season.

Final statistics ended up close with the Maroons leading shots 10-8 and the Tartans leading corner kicks 3-2. Freshman goalkeeper Piper Mik (12-5-0 record) took the loss with one save and four goals allowed.

NEXT MATCH:

  • Saturday, November 7 – Washington University-St. Louis at UChicago, 10 AM