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WSOC: The Field is set for the Sweet 16 – Wheaton (IL) and UChicago set for showdown

The D3 Women’s Soccer NCAA Tournament opening rounds are complete. To see a full bracket and results from all games check out the NCAA Tournament website.

SWEET 16 MATCH TO WATCH: No.1 UChicago (19-1) against No. 3 Wheaton (IL) (15-4-3), 11/17 @ 12:00pm – a pair of top-3 teams will square off for a shot in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round when top-ranked Maroons travel down the road to battle the Thunder.


UChicago

UChicago forward Jenna McKinney (Maroon Athletics photo)

CHICAGO – A tight first half made way for a second half full of University of Chicago women’s soccer offense to propel the No. 3 Maroons to a 4-0 win over Hope College in Saturday’s NCAA Division III Tournament Second Round match at Stagg Field.

The victory gave the host its 11th berth into the NCAA Round of 16 and earned the Maroons (19-1) the 2017 regional title, their second-straight.

UChicago will advances into the NCAA Sectional Round to be played Nov. 17-19 at sites yet to be determined. The Maroons will face the winner of Loras and Wheaton (Ill.), who faced off Saturday at 8 p.m. CT.

The first nearly 15 minutes of Saturday’s match proved equal, as Hope (19-3-1), winners of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, held a strong counter attack that kept the Maroons at bay.

A fantastic run down the left side by junior Jenna McKinney helped senior teammate Madori Spiker finally break the scoreless tie in the 14th, as McKinney crossed it in front of the box for Spiker, who finished to put her team up, 1-0.

That lead would hold until halftime, and UChicago emerged from the locker room a recharged team. The Maroons reserves – UChicago played 23 different players in the match — kept the offensive pressure high, and it was McKinney again who found herself a part of the scoring, as she took a pass from teammate Katie Jasminski, spun, and kicked it past the Hope keeper to make it 2-0 in the 72nd.

Just four minutes later, senior midfielder Mia Calamari delivered one of UChicago’s 12 corner kicks into the box that found the foot of McKinney, who – with her back to the goal – back-kicked the ball through a Hope defender’s legs to push the lead to three.

Rachel Dias would cap the scoring in the 79th, taking Jasminski’s second assist of the day and chipping it high over the keeper to produce the final score.

Sophomore keeper Katie Donovan (16-0) recorded the win, stopping two shots, as she teamed up with second-half keeper Miranda Malone to capture UChicago’s 15th shutout of the season. The Maroons outshot the Dutch, 16-9, including 9-0 in the second half, and held a 12-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Wheaton (IL)

Dubuque, Iowa – The Thunder women’s soccer team defeated Loras 1-0 on Saturday night in a NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament Second Round match. Tonight’s win advances the Thunder to the NCAA Tournament Sectional round for the first time since 2013.

Wheaton applied pressure early in the match, with a 5-1 advantage in shots over the first 15 minutes. Freshman Carney Blake blasted a long shot from 30-plus yards out just over the hands of Loras goalkeeper Kaylee Koble, and into the goal, at 15:44 to give Wheaton the early 1-0 lead.

The Thunder owned a 9-5 advantage in shots in the first half, including a 4-0 edge in shots on goal. Wheaton had four corner kicks, Loras had none.

The Duhawks attacked the Thunder defense on several occasions in the final 10 minutes, including a terrific opportunity with 7:50 remaining in regulation. Loras batted the ball around several times directly in front of the net, but the Thunder defense cleared the ball to maintain the 1-0 advantage. Loras held a 9-8 advantage in shots in the second half and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks

Senior goalkeeper Kathryn McGregor made one save to record her third-consecutive shutout in Wheaton’s postseason run. The Thunder shut out Illinois Wesleyan, 1-0 in the CCIW Tournament Championship, topped Knox 2-0 last night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and followed that up with tonight’s 1-0 victory.

Coble made four saves in the Duhawks’ net and allowed one goal.

Tonight’s shutout marks the first time in 20 matches this season that Loras has not scored at least one goal in a match. Wheaton improves to 15-4-3 and Loras concludes the year at 15-2-3. Wheaton has won nine matches in a row and is 11-0-1 in its last 12 contests.

SOURCE: Wheaton Athletics Press Release

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