CHICAGO – Behind a fiery, resilient effort, the No. 12 University of Chicago women's soccer team completed the comeback victory with Sunday's 3-2 home result over No. 23 Carnegie Mellon at Stagg Field.
Senior Hanna Watkins scored two equalizing goals to bring her season total to 10, but it was the Maroons' Maddie DeVoe that provided the clutch game-winner late in the second half – on a penalty kick, at that.
After DeVoe sent a ball into the box that caused a Tartans' defender to be called for a hand ball, it was DeVoe who was called on to take the penalty and she delivered. The junior scored her second goal of the year to put the Maroons up one with just seven minutes left in regulation.
The Maroons (12-2-2, 4-1-1 University Athletic Association) trailed twice in the first half, as the Tartans (10-5-1, 3-3) first scored in just the 3' on a Julianne Tippett header off a corner kick.
Fast forward just three minutes later, and a sprinting DeVoe beat her defender down the left side and delivered a cross to Watkins, who deftly beat the keeper to tie it at 1-all in the 6'.
The Tartans, however, didn't lose their first-half steam. Taylor Cammarata's free kick from the right wing took an opportune bounce in traffic and found the back of the net to again give the visitors the lead and create the match's third goal in less than 10 minutes of play.
Watkins wasn't finished either. After Adrianna Vera sent in a ball into the box off a throw-in, teammate Katie Jasminski corralled the CMU clear and chipped a perfect ball to Watkins, who beat the keeper to the ball and headed it in in the 33.'
That 2-2 score would stand through the half, with CMU taking a 6-4 shot advantage in the first 45 minutes.
The second half proved to be all Maroons. UChicago proceeded to outshoot the Tartans by a 10-3 margin in the final frame, and it appeared the Maroons might get the go-ahead with 28 minutes to go, courtesy of Rachel Dias. Watkins found her senior teammate with a cross to far post, but Dias' goal was called off with an offsides call to keep the score knotted.
No matter, as DeVoe would later deliver with the penalty and give UChicago its fourth UAA victory.
Miranda Malone recorded her 11th win in goal and stopped three shots. UChicago finished the match with a 14-9 shot advantage, while CMU had five corner kicks to the Maroons' four.
Next Saturday, the Maroons will bring UAA rival and 2019 UAA Champion WashU to town on Senior Day. The No. 3-ranked Bears clinched the title with Sunday's 2-1 double overtime win over Case Western Reserve.
- Saturday, Nov. 9: WashU at UChicago, 11 a.m. CT