CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's soccer team continued its postseason offensive outburst on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory versus Augsburg University in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship.
The No. 16-ranked Maroons (14-2-3 record) advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 12th time in program history. The Auggies concluded their season at 15-4-2.
Sunday was familiar territory for both sides. UChicago previously played Augsburg at home in the NCAA postseason in both 2014 and 2016. The Maroons won both of those games by scores of 3-0 and 2-0, respectively.
One day after racking up five goals in the first round of the NCAA tournament, UChicago kept its offensive mojo rolling on the Stagg Field grass. Junior midfielder Maddie DeVoe hit the post with an attempt 11 minutes into the game for a close call. Then in the 20th minute, first-year midfielder Annie Mitchell was able to press forward through traffic in the box and score her first collegiate goal.
A mere three minutes later, the lead was doubled. The Maroons crossed the ball in from the right wing, which was headed out by the defense. The loose ball bounced to the top of the box where senior midfielder Hanna Watkins smacked a one-timer rocket inside the right post from 19 yards out.
The Auggies nearly got on the board in the 10th minute when they hit the crossbar. But UChicago controlled the action and possession more and more as the match progressed.
The game was broken open in the 59th minute. Watkins sent a long ball into space for junior forward Katie Jasminski on the right wing, who then centered the ball directly for a header goal from senior forward Adrianna Vera. Junior midfielder Claudia Hodgetts struck the crossbar with an attempt at 60:07 to nearly make it 4-0.
Augsburg got on the board in the 80th minute when Ashley St. Aubin got loose on a long ball. Her initial shot was stopped by junior goalkeeper Miranda Malone and she then deposited the rebound.
UChicago was not done, however. A corner kick in the 82nd minute saw Hodgetts poke a ball in front to junior midfielder Adrianna Shutler, who scored one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
The Maroons finished with a 22-10 advantage in shots while corner kicks were even at 4-4. Malone made three saves with one goal allowed.
- Saturday, Nov. 23 – UChicago vs. Pomona-Pitzer (Location TBD)