CLEVELAND, Ohio – With the seconds ticking down and overtime imminent, Jenna McKinney struck the decisive blow to give the University of Chicago women's soccer team a dramatic 1-0 win at Case Western Reserve University on Friday.
The No. 6-ranked Maroons (15-1, 4-1 UAA) stretched their win streak to six games and maintained their spot atop the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Spartans dropped to 6-6-4 overall and 0-3-2 in conference play.
The first half played out to a scoreless tie, with UChicago holding a 7-2 shots advantage and a 3-1 corner kicks edge. The Maroons came close in the 54th minute when freshman defender Clare Suter's shot hit the crossbar. Junior midfielder/forward Mia Calamari's subsequent shot was saved by the goalie.
In the final minute of the game, UChicago's persistence paid off. Freshman midfielder Hanna Watkins struck a cross to McKinney, and the sophomore midfielder finished the chance with only 17 seconds left. It was McKinney's team-high 13th goal of the season and her fifth game-winner.
Freshman goalkeeper Katie Donovan (15-1) made one save to earn her eighth shutout. The Maroons peppered the Spartans with shots, holding a final 20-3 advantage in that category. Corner kicks were similarly one-sided at 11-1.
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