CHICAGO – In Saturday's regular-season finale, the No. 16-ranked University of Chicago women's soccer team played No. 3-ranked Washington University – St. Louis to a 1-1 stalemate on the Stagg Field grass.
The Maroons (12-2-3 overall, 4-1-2 UAA) await their postseason fate as the NCAA officially announces its tournament selections and bracket on Monday. The selection show will air at Noon (CT) on NCAA.com.
The conference rivals faced off on a cold and clear day in Hyde Park. Before the game, UChicago honored its seven seniors and their families on the field, including Rachel Dias, Sydney Jones, Andrea Omehe, Katie Sadera, Clare Suter, Adrianna Vera and Hanna Watkins. Over the past four years, the senior class has produced an overall record of 65-13-5 for an .813 winning percentage. They've qualified for three NCAA Tournaments, with two semifinal appearances and one runner-up finish.
Jones got the start in goal and came through with a big save five minutes into the contest. With a WashU forward heading in on goal, Jones came out to meet the ball and made a sliding block save near the edge of the box.
UChicago had the better chances throughout the first half of play, outshooting the Bears (15-1-2, 6-0-1 UAA) by an 8-3 margin. Watkins put up three close shots in that time that resulted in two saves and one just high of the crossbar.
At the 29:04 mark, the clutch play arrived. UChicago pounced with a counterattack, as junior midfielder Bri Fadden sent a perfect through ball to the on-running forward Nicole Kaspi. The sophomore turned on the jets and went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, knocking her shot off the right post and in.
The Maroons had several close opportunities in the second half to extend the lead. But a loose ball in the box allowed the Bears to even up the score at 1-1 in the 58th minute.
The run of play stayed even throughout. The game proceeded to a pair of 10-minute overtimes that ultimately concluded with a tie. Junior goalkeeper Miranda Malone delivered one of the highlights of the match in the waning seconds when she made an athletic leaping grab on a long cross to the right post that was aimed at a WashU forward.
UChicago ended up outshooting the Bears 13-10, with a narrow 7-6 lead in corner kicks. Malone (11-2-3 record) collected three saves with one goal allowed in 99:39 of playing time. Jones made one save in 10:21.
- NCAA Selection Show: Monday, Nov. 11 @ 12:00 PM (CT) on NCAA.com