CHICAGO – Jenna McKinney scored twice to lead the University of Chicago women's soccer team to a comprehensive 3-0 home victory against Knox College on Thursday.
The No. 2-ranked Maroons moved to 3-0 on the season. The Prairie Fire fell to 1-2.
Knox came out with some momentum in the afternoon contest on the wet Stagg Field grass. Brooklyn Deming was effective in the attack, as she put the first shot on goal of the game at the 8:40 mark which led directly to a corner kick. The Prairie Fire put a couple more shots on frame in the 16th and 18th minutes. But sophomore goalkeeper Miranda Malone was up to the task to make the save each time.
Those three shots on goal would be the last Knox would get the rest of the way. While the visitors did exploit UChicago's high-line midfielders for regular counterattacks, the Maroons dictated the match more and more as time went on. The breakthrough occurred at the 21:38 mark with McKinney's first goal of the season off a feed from first-year Nicole Willing.
Knox stayed organized defensively and when UChicago manufactured breakaways, the defenders were able to poke the ball over the end. But this resulted in a plethora of dangerous corner kicks. All told, the hosts took 12 corner kicks in the first half alone and 21 for the match. The Prairie Fire were limited to one corner of their own.
With the score line still tight, UChicago got valuable insurance in the 74th minute. A pass into traffic in Knox's box was blocked by a defender, but first-year Nicole Kaspi pounced on the loose ball and tallied her first career goal. A mere five minutes later, McKinney struck again in close off a nice feed from junior Adrianna Vera.
With the multi-score day, McKinney upped her career goal count to 35. She ranks third in program history in that category.
In the final statistics, UChicago was dominant with a 21-7 shots advantage, including 12-3 in shot on goal. Malone ran her season record to 3-0 in 90 minutes of work.
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