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Maroon women’s soccer advances to NCAA Quarterfinals with 3-1 win over Thomas More

Katie Donovan and Hanna Watkins
Katie Donovan and Hanna Watkins

WHITEWATER, Wis. – The last time the University of Chicago women's soccer team squared off with Thomas More College, an NCAA Round of 16 berth was at stake during the 2015 postseason. The two teams met up again on Saturday and UChicago exacted revenge with a 3-1 win over the previously undefeated Saints to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The No. 11-ranked Maroons (18-3 record) will next play No. 18-ranked Pomona-Pitzer (17-1-3) at 1:00 PM on Sunday. The winner of that match will advance to the NCAA Final Four. The No. 3-ranked Saints ended their season at 22-1-1.

Thomas More had prevailed 1-0 over UChicago in the 2015 postseason. But the Maroons would not be shut out this time around. Freshman midfielder Hanna Watkins put her team ahead 1-0 with a strike at the 26-minute mark. She currently ranks fourth on the squad with five goals.

In the waning minutes of the first half, sophomore defender Sydney Mathis doubled the advantage with her second goal of the year. UChicago went into the break with an 8-4 shots advantage as both shots on goal found the back of the net.

The big blow to Thomas More's comeback chances occurred in the 61st minute. A foul in the box gave UChicago a penalty kick opportunity, and sophomore midfielder Jenna McKinney buried it for her 14th goal.

Down 3-0, the Saints picked up the offensive attack and tested goalkeeper Katie Donovan with shots on goal. The freshman tallied six saves in the second half to finish with seven in the game. By the time Thomas More did break through with a goal at 77:30, it was too late as UChicago salted the rest of the match away without allowing any more shots.

The Maroons led shots 13-12 and corner kicks 3-0 by game's end. Donovan improved her season record to 18-3.

NEXT MATCH:

  • Sunday, Nov. 20 @ 1 PM – UChicago vs. Pomona-Pitzer (at Whitewater, Wis.)