UChicago women’s soccer shuts down Sewanee 3-0 in first round of NCAA postseason

Julia Ozello, Kaitlin Price and Lily Wolfenzon
Julia Ozello, Kaitlin Price and Lily Wolfenzon

CRESTVIEW, Ky. – The No. 25-ranked University of Chicago women's soccer team maintained its dominance of the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship with a 3-0 shutout of Sewanee on Saturday.

The Maroons (13-6 record) will next play host Thomas More College (18-0-2 record) on Sunday starting at 1:00 PM (ET). The Tigers, who were participating in their first-ever NCAA postseason, ended the year at 11-4-3.

UChicago is now 12-2-1 all-time in opening postseason games. The program has allowed only one goal allowed in its last 10 NCAA openers.

It was a perfect beginning for the Maroons, as senior forward Julia Ozello scored her third goal of the season only 1:34 into the match. UChicago continued to dominate the contest and went into halftime holding the 1-0 lead, having taken 11 shots (five on goal) to Sewanee's one.

Eight minutes into the second half, the Maroons scored again. Sophomore forward Mia Calamari delivered a corner kick to sophomore defender Kaitlin Price, who put the ball into the back of the net for her fifth goal on the year. Price is one goal away from tying her mark of six from her freshman campaign.

UChicago took full advantage of the two-goal cushion and made five substitutions in the 68th minute. Junior defender/midfielder Lily Wolfenzon, one of these substitutes, would wrap up the match at 3-0 by scoring with under two minutes to go. The assist came courtesy of sophomore forward Kelsey Moore. It was Wolfenzon's first goal of the season and second of her career.

The Maroons ended up with a big 22-4 advantage in shots and an 8-3 lead in corner kicks. Calamari extended her single-season school assist record to 15. Freshman goalkeeper Piper Mik (13-6 record) collected two saves and posted her ninth shutout of the year – the eighth-highest total in program history.

Saturday's result was UChicago's largest margin of victory (three goals) away from Stagg Field this season. The team has won three-consecutive road games.

NEXT MATCH:

  • Sunday, November 15 – UChicago at Thomas More College, 1 PM (ET)