Maroon women's soccer deals Brandeis its first loss, 2-1

Kaitlin Price and Jenna McKinney
Kaitlin Price and Jenna McKinney

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team knocked Brandeis University from the ranks of the undefeated with a 2-1 victory on Friday.

The No. 11-ranked Maroons improved to 11-1 overall and 2-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The No. 8-ranked Judges dropped to 12-1-1 and 2-1 in league play.

Brandeis nearly leapt out to the lead 12 minutes into the match when Michaela Friedman took an unmarked, point-blank strike at the net. However, UChicago freshman goalkeeper Katie Donovan was in position to stop the shot and the subsequent rebound was cleared off the back line.

UChicago had several opportunities of its own, including a 37th-minute shot from sophomore midfielder Jenna McKinney that nicked off the top of the crossbar. The two sides went into halftime scoreless.

The opening goal came at the 51:13 mark. Junior midfielder/forward Mia Calamari bombed in a long cross from the right wing that bounced off both the crossbar and left post on its way down. Junior defender Kaitlin Price was in position to pounce on the deflection and score in close for her first goal of the season.

McKinney doubled the lead in the 68th minute. Senior midfielder Sophia Kim sent in a centering pass from the left side to McKinney, who spun around and deposited her team-high eighth goal of the season.

Brandeis looked to get back in the match with increased pressure, which paid off 73 minutes in. A through ball eluded a defender and sent Haliana Burhans streaking up the middle for a one-on-one chance with the goalie. The Judges converted and halved the deficit at 2-1.

For the rest of the game, the Maroons were the ones getting the chances on goal and they salted the game away to earn the win.

In the final stats, UChicago owned a 16-6 lead in shots and a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. Donovan made one save to improve her season record to 11-1, while her teammates also contributed two saves as well.


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