CHICAGO – In its final home game of the regular season, the University of Chicago women's soccer team cruised to a 4-0 victory against Illinois Institute of Technology on Thursday.
The Maroons improved to 13-1 overall and 9-0 at home this year. The Scarlet Hawks fell to 5-11-1.
UChicago put three shots on goal in the opening 10 minutes and broke through in the 13th minute for the game's first score. IIT tried to clear the ball out of its own box, but an errant pass in front was intercepted and converted by junior forward/midfielder Mia Calamari – her fifth goal of the season. Almost exactly four minutes later, sophomore midfielder Jenna McKinney went left footed and buried a strike top shelf to make it 2-0. She was assisted on the play by junior forward Madori Spiker and freshman defender Clare Suter.
McKinney struck again at 22:34 with an impressive individual effort, dribbling through the defense and finishing one-on-one in close for her team-leading 11th goal. It marked the third multi-goal game of her season.
The home side went into halftime ahead 3-0 and quickly added a fourth in the first minute of the second half. Junior forward Caroline Olivero struck a long cross from the right wing to waiting freshman midfielder Rachel Dias, who got behind the defense and tallied the final score of the day.
The Maroon defenders was tested a handful of times by IIT's attackers, but ultimately held firm for their 10th shutout of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Donovan (13-1 record) made four saves in 69 minutes of action to earn the win. Sophomore Patty Dull relieved her for the final 21 minutes, making one save in the process.
Shots (31-7) and corner kicks (11-0) were firmly in UChicago's favor on a cold and windy afternoon. The Maroons surpassed 30 shots for the fourth time this season. In home games this year, they've outscored the opposition 33-2.
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