CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The No. 25-ranked University of Chicago women's soccer team saw its postseason run come to a close with a 1-0 loss to No. 8-ranked Thomas More College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship on Sunday.
The Maroons wrapped up their season with a 13-7 overall record. The Saints improved to 19-0-2 and advance to the NCAA sectional rounds. It was the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
After a scoreless first half of play, UChicago led the shots category narrowly at 5-4. All four Saints shots were on goal and freshman goalkeeper Piper Mik made the save each time.
The Maroons began to fire off more chances in the second half, including a shot by senior forward Julia Ozello that was saved by a defender. However, it was Thomas More that broke the stalemate. Erika LaRosa scored in the 50th minute to give the hosts the initial 1-0 advantage.
With Saints maintaining their lead into the waning minutes, UChicago kept searching for the equalizer. The Maroons earned a corner kick with 90 seconds remaining, but the ensuing shot went high for their final chance of day.
UChicago ended up with a 13-6 lead in shots overall while all six Saints shots were on goal. Mik ended the season with a 13-7 record and made five saves with one goal allowed. Senior midfielder Naomi Pacalin led the offense with four shots, which were all on frame. Corner kicks were firmly in UChicago's favor by a 5-0 count.
Sunday marked the final game for the eight-member Maroon senior class. In their four years, the seniors qualified for the NCAA postseason three times and ended up with a cumulative record of 51-23-4 (.679 winning percentage).