CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team shook off a slow start and pulled away from Carthage College as Tuesday's game progressed en route to a 2-0 victory.
The No. 11-ranked Maroons improved to 8-1-1 on the season while the Lady Reds dropped to 4-5-2 overall.
Carthage fired off the opening shot of the game three minutes in, which was saved by junior goalkeeper Miranda Malone. After that, it was all UChicago in the first half as the hosts tallied 14 attempts. However, the Maroons struggled to find the finishing touch, settling for long shots outside the box that were gathered up by Carthage's goalie. The Lady Reds packed bodies into the box all game to thwart crosses and frustrate the Maroons at the end of their runs.
Hanna Watkins had numerous close calls, as she spun several attempts just high of goal. The senior midfielder fired off five shots in the first half, then nailed the crossbar in the 51st minute.
UChicago's looked further snake bitten when junior midfielder Bri Fadden hit the post with her initial try in the 41st minute. But the rebound remained unclaimed by the defense, allowing Fadden to gather and deposit the ball past the diving goalie from close range. The Maroons took that 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
Carthage tried to get on the counter a handful of times in the second half, but UChicago used its speed to close gaps and disrupt possession. The second half stats were similarly one-sided with the hosts outshooting the visitors 11-0.
The Maroons doubled their advantage in the 71st minute. A Carthage foul at the corner of the box gave first-year defender Ruthie Mitchell a chance to find a teammate. The ensuing free kick pinged off one body before finding junior midfielder Claudia Hodgetts, who slid in to score a redirect at the far post.
The final statistics saw UChicago hold significant leads in shots (25-2) and corner kicks (8-3). Malone made two saves between the pipes to earn the shutout victory.
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