CHICAGO – Coming off a home loss the previous day, the University of Chicago women's soccer team bounced back on Sunday afternoon to claim a dominant 6-0 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
The start of the game had both sides going back and forth in being aggressive and pushing the ball forward. It didn't take long for the Maroons to find their rhythm, when junior Katie Jasminski crossed the ball to sophomore Nikola Charouzova, who chipped it right over the goalkeeper's head less than 10 minutes into the match. Senior Hanna Watkins also assisted on the play. Immediately after that, Watkins received a header inside the box and controlled the ball before sending it into the back of the net left-footed for a 2-0 lead.
The Maroons (2-1 record) took advantage of RHIT's struggles in clearing the ball out of its defensive third. In the 20th minute, first-year Annie Mitchell got the ball past three defenders to open senior Adrianna Vera, whose rocket shot went in to make it 3-0. Mitchell and junior Maddie DeVoe initiated a play that allowed Vera to volley the ball right down the middle for a brace in the 24th minute. The first-half concluded with a 5-0 Maroon lead once first-year Ruthie Mitchell converted a majestic free kick from outside the box into the far corner.
The second half saw UChicago continue their dominance by maintaining pressure on the Fightin' Engineers (2-1 record) and making them move the ball faster, which played right into the hosts' hands. The visiting goalkeeper was tested by having to make nine saves in the second half due to the home team's aggressiveness. Jasminski was active in creating plays for her teammates and got on the scoreboard by converting a penalty kick for her third goal of the season in the 68th minute.
The Maroons were close to getting on the scoreboard one last time, when a shot taken by sophomore Anna Kenig-Ziesler was on goal but narrowly hit the woodwork. By the end of the match, Rose-Hulman only managed to get one shot off, as opposed to UChicago's 29 shots. Corner kicks were similarly lopsided at 13-0.
All three UChicago goalies saw time between the posts, with junior Miranda Malone (2-1 record) receiving the win.
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