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DEFENSE REIGNS: UChicago Women Shut Out #10 Tartans, 2-0

Miranda Malone
Miranda Malone

CHICAGO — The top-ranked University of Chicago women's soccer team's defense remained dominant and the offense netted two goals in the first half to keep the Maroons' perfect record intact in Friday's 2-0 win over No. 10 Carnegie Mellon. 

The Maroons won their 13th-straight game to improve to 13-0 overall and 3-0 in University Athletic Association play, while the Tartans fell to 8-2-2 and 1-1-1 in UAA play. For UChicago, it marked the third win of the year over a ranked opponent and the second over a team in the nation's Top 10. 

Seniors Mia Calamari and Kelsey Moore teamed up for the first goal in just the 9th minute, as Calamari delivered a perfect corner kick to Moore, who headed in her third score of the season to give the hosts the early lead. 

Just before the half, sophomore Rachel Dias found herself in the right place at the right time, as teammate Clare Suter delivered a ball into the box after a broken corner kick play. The CMU keeper dove for the save, but the ball bounced out of her fingertips and Dias was there to finish inside the far post for a 2-0 Maroon lead in the 42nd. 

That's all the UChicago offense would need, as second-half keeper Miranda Malone held the Tartans scoreless in the final 45, collecting one save. Teammate and starter Katie Donovan earned the win — her 10th — also stopping one shot.

The Maroon defense has been one of the best, holding opponents scoreless in four-straight matches and nine overall. For the year, UChicago is outscoring opponents by a 50-4 margin.

The Maroons outshot Carnegie Mellon, 13-8, but both teams were even on corners, 7-7. Junior Jenna McKinney led UChicago in the shot category with four and Moore finished with three. 

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