CHICAGO – In a hard-fought and physical battle, the University of Chicago women's soccer team secured a 3-1 victory over Kalamazoo College on Saturday afternoon on the Stagg Field grass.
The No. 20-ranked Maroons (5-1 record) won their fourth-straight game while the Hornets slipped to 1-5-2.
The first-half saw non-stop action and ball movement from both sides. Kalamazoo attempted to swarm and pressure the ball constantly, especially in UChicago's defensive third. Within the first five minutes, junior forward Katie Jasminski battled past the Hornets' defense and set a pass for senior forward Adrianna Vera, whose attempt was blocked by the oncoming keeper.
The second half soon gave UChicago the opportunity to extend the lead after a foul in the box granted the home team a penalty kick. However, the Maroons did not convert, keeping the Hornets' hopes alive.
Kalamazoo's offside trap proved effective throughout – the Maroons were whistled for it eight times on the afternoon. Undeterred, the home team continued to press forward at every opportunity, looking to cash in on one of their numerous looks at goal.
Despite Kalamazoo's desperation for the equalizer, Jasminski scored the insurance goal in the 77th minute off a high blast from just outside the box that the keeper wasn't able to hold onto. Two minutes later, Kalamazoo was back in the game, after Kai Ketola's chipped shot on a breakaway went over the head of the goalkeeper into the top left corner.
With less than two minutes on the clock, Vera finally iced the game after sinking the ball into the goal, with the assist by first-year midfielder Annie Mitchell. Vera currently leads the team with six goals this season.
It was the sixth-straight game where the Maroons outshot their opponents, this time by a 20-7 margin. Junior goalkeeper Miranda Malone managed to make four saves as well to keep the Maroons chances of victory alive.
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