CHICAGO – In the last game of the regular season, the University of Chicago women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Washington University-St. Louis on Saturday.
The No. 19-ranked Maroons finish the year with a 12-6-0 overall record, including a 4-3-0 mark in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The No. 4-ranked Bears improved to 16-2-0 overall and 6-1-0 in UAA action.
UChicago will be an at-large candidate for the NCAA Division III Championship field. Official selections for the postseason will be announced on Monday at Noon (CT) during the NCAA selection show: http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2015/11/09.
Prior to the start of the game, the Maroons honored their eight seniors on Senior Day – Emma Almon, Taylor Banholzer, Mary Bittner, Ryann Hanley, Nicole Mullen, Julia Ozello, Naomi Pacalin and Bethany Robinson. In their four years, the senior class has a cumulative record of 50-22-4 (.684 winning percentage).
The best scoring chance for either team came late in the 30th minute. A foul by UChicago near the top of the box gave Olivia Lillegraven a free kick, and she knocked it in for her 11th goal of the season. Washington-St. Louis took the 1-0 lead into halftime with an 8-5 edge in shots.
The Bears struck again early in the second half. A nice give and go inside the top of the box allowed Darcy Cunningham to smack her shot into the back of the netting and make the score 2-0 at the 51:20 mark.
UChicago pushed hard to get onto the scoreboard. Several attempts by sophomore forward Mia Calamari just missed high over the crossbar. Pacalin got an open look at goal in the 56th minute, but her left-footed shot hit the post and bounced away. The Maroons took nine shots in the second half, however, the visitors preserved their shutout.
The home side finished with narrow leads in shots (14-13) and corner kicks (6-5) in the final stats. Freshman goalkeeper Piper Mik (12-6-0 record) made two saves while allowing two goals in her 90 minutes.