CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team continued its dominant form after defeating Illinois Wesleyan University 6-1 on Saturday afternoon on the Stagg Field grass.
Senior defender Clare Suter added her name to the school record books by assisting on four goals. That total tied the previous program record set by Natalia Jovanovic in 2010.
After a minute of competitive play, Suter set up a corner kick that found fellow senior Hanna Watkins, who headed it in the net to give the Maroons (3-1 record) an immediate lead a mere 74 seconds into the game.
The Titans were determined to even the score, and soon after a failed corner kick, the ball made its way up the middle to Peyton Howe, who sunk her outside shot into the far left, tying the game at 1-1.
The Maroons remained calm, composed and aggressive. In the 17th minute, Suter crossed the ball from the right and in similar fashion, Watkins got free for the header that staked UChicago to a 2-1 advantage. Despite having the lead, the Maroons maintained pressure, and came quite close to scoring when senior Rachel Dias made the run off of a pass from first-year Annie Mitchell, but her shot was saved off the crossbar. It only took until the 34th minute for her to get another chance, as Dias scored her first goal of the season from an assist by first-year Bella Mahoney. Looking to ice the game, the first half ended with a left-footed shot from junior Claudia Hodgetts from downtown that the Titans' keeper barely got a hand on and hit the post.
The second half continued to see the Maroons dominating possession as well as utilizing their defense to clear out balls and advances made by the Titans' offense. Just eight minutes in, junior Katie Jasminski took a shot that once again hit the crossbar. Two minutes later, a shot that came off of a Maroon free kick found the inside of the net, but was concluded as offside.
By the 60-minute mark, senior Adrianna Vera scored the home team's fourth goal of the game, off of a play from Suter and Watkins. Suter once again contributed a minute later along with Vera so that sophomore Peyton Jefferson could get on the scoresheet.
Until then, Illinois Wesleyan was unsuccessful at getting a good shot on goal. The closest thing came in the form of a cross from Heather Dietrich that bounced off the crossbar. Having secured the victory, the final score of the game came with just 40 seconds left in regulation, when sophomore Adriana Shutler buried a penalty kick.
It was a game where UChicago outshot the visitors by a 25-4 margin and held a 6-2 margin in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Miranda Malone (3-1 record) got the win and was relieved in the 66th minute by sophomore Emma Smith.
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