CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team's potent offense was on display once again on Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan University.
The No. 8-ranked Maroons improved to 4-0. The Titans dropped to 1-3 and have now surrendered 12-straight unanswered goals over the past 278 minutes of game time.
UChicago has recorded four-straight shutouts to open the season. It's the team's longest shutout streak since the Maroons put together six clean sheets in-a-row in 2010.
Entering Saturday's contest, IWU had defeated UChicago in four-straight contest by one goal each. But this time, it didn't take long for the Maroons to flip the script and jump out ahead of their regional rivals. In the 11th minute, junior midfielder Kelsey Moore launched a long ball over the heads of the defense for on-running Madori Spiker. The junior forward sprinted past two defenders to reach the pass first, then dribbled around the on-coming goalkeeper to score left footed.
Almost exactly 20 minutes later, Spiker collected another goal with a searing strike into the upper 90 while sliding. Freshman midfielder Hanna Watkins provided the quick touch pass for the assist on Spiker's fourth goal of the year.
The third goal was quick in coming to start the second half. Less than two minutes into the resumed action, junior forward Mia Calamari smashed a laser from the upper left corner of the box right inside the far post. The score then stood at 3-nil.
A half hour passed before UChicago added onto its advantage. Freshman midfielder Rachel Dias put a cross from the right side straight to the head of sophomore midfielder Jenna McKinney, who redirected the ball cleanly for her third goal of the season.
The onslaught concluded in the waning minutes with Watkins contributing her first collegiate goal. Freshman defender Mackenzie Peebles struck a high free kick from near midfield into the box. The ball avoided the mass of bodies on the first bounce and Watkins took advantage by knocking it in with the outside of her right foot from point-blank range.
A torrential downpour right before game time caused soggy field conditions. But the host Maroons were largely unaffected as they pressed forward at every opportunity. UChicago snuffed out IWU's chances and handily kept possession for large chunks of the match. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Donovan (4-0) collected two saves and her third shutout.
Overall, UChicago outshot IWU 23-6 with an impressive 11-1 lead in corner kicks. It also marked the Maroons' largest margin of victory over the Titans since 1995 (6-0).
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