CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team made its 2017 home debut a memorable one on Wednesday with an offensive onslaught that ended as a 4-0 victory over Concordia (Wis.) University.
The No. 3-ranked Maroons ran their record to 3-0 on the season, while the Falcons fell to 0-2-1.
UChicago's offensive domination was most apparent in the shots category. The home team led shots 42-3, including a 20-1 advantage in shots on goal. The 42 attempts were the most by the Maroons since they tallied that same number against Lake Forest College in 2004.
The Maroons felt comfortable on the Stagg Field grass from the onset and held sway in possession all afternoon. When the Falcons threatened on several occasions, the back line was able to recover, close the distance and snuff out good looks before they could be executed.
The first score of the day came 6:08 into the proceedings. Senior midfielder Mia Calamari fed a ball to senior forward Caroline Olivero in space, and Olivero made a run down the right side of the box to the end line. She then centered the ball to the right post, where junior midfielder Jenna McKinney tapped it in from point-blank range.
The match remained 1-0 until the 44th minute. After receiving a roll out from her goalkeeper, senior defender Whitley Cargile sent a long left-footed laser to the attacking third from behind the center line. The ball bypassed the defense and directly connected to onrushing freshman forward Katie Jasminski in stride, and the rookie deposited her one-versus-one chance inside the left post to make it 2-0.
After recording 13 shots in the first half, the Maroons kicked it up a notch in the second half with 29. McKinney struck again in the 57th minute for her third goal of the season off assists by Olivero and senior midfielder Kelsey Moore. Just two minutes later, UChicago closed out the scoring when sophomore forward Adrianna Vera looped a shot from the left side right over the goalie's head for her third goal of the year. Calamari assisted on the play.
On a day where the offense was humming along, the crossbar ended up being one of the biggest obstacles. UChicago hit the crossbar three times in the second half. Calamari's rocket shot in the 63rd minute hit the underside of the bar and bounced straight down and out to deny her the goal. Sophomore midfielder Julia Lodoen and Jasminski were similarly stymied in the 80th and 87th minutes, respectively.
Corner kicks went in favor of the Maroons by a 12-0 margin by game's end.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Donovan (3-0 record) received the start and the win, making one save in 45 minutes of action. She was relieved after halftime by freshman Miranda Malone, who put in 35:26 between the pipes. Sophomore Sydney Jones closed out the final 9:34 in goal.
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