CLAREMONT, Calif. – The No. 3 University of Chicago women's soccer team made a bold statement in its first contest against a Top-10 opponent by dismantling No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer in a 3-0 shutout Sunday.
The Maroons (2-0) capped a perfect weekend in California with a flurry of goals in the first half against the Sagehens (1-1), which set a rematch of the 2016 NCAA Division III Elite 8.
Junior forward Jenna McKinney struck first in just the 9th minute, putting UChicago up 1-0 via a pass from teammate Mia Calamari. Sophomore Adrianna Vera added another score just six minutes later in the 15th on an unassisted strike to make it 2-0 in favor of the visitors.
Rookie Bri Fadden connected on the game's final goal just before the half, recording her first career goal on an unassisted strike in the 39th to give the Maroons a commanding lead at the break.
The UChicago defense stood tall in the final 45 minutes, allowing the Sagehens only three shots for the game – all in the second half – and none on goal. Sophomore keeper Katie Donovan picked up her second win of the year in the shutout.
The Maroons totaled 13 shots – seven of them on goal – led by senior Kelsey Moore and McKinney with two apiece. UChicago added five corner kicks for the game compared to zero for Pomona-Pitzer.
In last season's meeting, UChicago needed a goal by then-freshman Hanna Watkins in the 88th minute to send the contest to overtime. The Maroons would advance to the NCAA Final Four by winning the penalty-kick round, knocking the Sagehens out of the tournament in the process.
- Wednesday, Sept. 6: Concordia (Wis.) at #3 UChicago, 4 p.m. CT