PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The #13 University of Chicago women's soccer team used some late-game magic and gritty resolve to defeat #21 Carnegie Mellon University on the road Friday, 2-1.
Senior Jenna McKinney flashed her offensive prowess in the final minutes, as she beat the Tartan keeper just inside the right post with five minutes to play in regulation with both teams knotted at 1-all in a key University Athletic Association contest.
First-year Nicole Kaspi set the play up, with UChicago (11-1-1, 3-0) pressing in Carnegie Mellon territory. The rookie threaded a perfect ball through the Tartan defense to the dangerous McKinney, who connected on her conference-leading ninth goal of the year. That's all the Maroons defense would need, as UChicago controlled the ball in the final five minutes to preserve the come-from-behind road win and stay perfect in league play.
The first half was a back-and-forth, scoreless battle until the hosts struck with the game's first score, a free kick from 25 yards out from the Tartans' Kristen Chong that found the back of the net to put CMU (7-4-1, 0-3) up, 1-0, just before the half.
UChicago came out of the half with momentum and quickly capitalized off a Carnegie handball in the box with junior Mackenzie Peebles' penalty kick in the 47' to tie the game at 1-all.
Carnegie Mellon outshot the Maroons, 13-10, but UChicago controlled the final 45 minutes with a 6-3 shot margin. Corner kicks were tied at 4-all.
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