CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team poured in a season-high seven goals to dispatch visiting Carthage College 7-1 on Wednesday afternoon.
The No. 2-ranked Maroons (7-0 record) have scored at least three goals in every game this season. The Lady Reds fell to 5-3.
Playing on the Stagg Field grass, UChicago turned in another dominating performance. The Maroons outshot their opponent 29-3, and held a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. Eighteen of UChicago's shots were on goal.
Senior forward Caroline Olivero opened the barrage with a left-footed laser 10 minutes into the game. Olivero ran up the right wing, angled toward goal and buried her strike into the upper left corner.
Carthage played aggressively early in the first half and put together several looks when the attackers got behind UChicago's defenders. The biggest save of the game came in the 26th minute, when freshman goalkeeper Miranda Malone moved off her line and made a sprawling stop in front one-on-one to deny the equalizer.
The two-goal lead quickly ballooned in the second half. The Lady Reds held a high line in the back all day, which caught UChicago's forwards offside a total of nine times. However, that tactic also burned Carthage on the counter as the Maroons got shot after shot on goal when allowed to gain steam on forward rushes.
In the 64th minute, a corner kick opportunity paid off once again. The ball pinged off the heads of sophomore defender Mackenzie Peebles and junior midfielder Jenna McKinney before finding the foot of Rachel Dias. The sophomore midfielder then deposited the ball straight away to push the lead to 4-0.
Sophomore Adrianna Vera provided one of the highlights of the match at 5-0 in the 69th minute. The forward got the ball in space in the attacking third, dribbled into the box and juked the goalie left for an open-net score.
The sixth and seventh goals came in quick succession less than 30 seconds apart at the 75:39 and 76:06 marks. Freshmen Casey Jervier and Bri Fadden both netted their first collegiate goals, with the latter coming off an assist by Vera.
Carthage broke up the shut out in the 80th minute to account for the final score.
Malone moved to 2-0 on the year with one save in 77:32 of action. Sophomore Sydney Jones worked the final 12:28 with one goal allowed.
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