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October 2, 2017

Maroon Men Stay No. 1


Third-year Josh Scofield dribbles the ball past a defender.

Alexandra Davis / The Chicago Maroon

The University of Chicago men’s soccer team continues to be unstoppable. With a 10–0 record, including an impressive win over UAA rival University of Rochester this past weekend, the Maroons are once again ranked No. 1 in NCAA DIII rankings. 

Saturday’s victory against Rochester was one for the books. After jumping to a 4–0 lead in the first half, the Maroons held on to win 4–1. Game leaders included third-year forward Matthew Koh, with two goals in the first half, and fourth-year midfielder Andre Abedian, with one goal and one assist. 

“We were very pleased with how we started our game against Rochester this past weekend because it was the best start to a game we have had all season,” said second-year defender Nate Johnson. “The game gave us a lot of confidence looking forward to Carroll University on Tuesday and Emory University on Saturday.”

Averaging roughly four goals and 19 shot attempts per game, the Maroons should have no trouble continuing their winning streak this Tuesday, October 3, when they take on the Carroll University Pioneers. Despite the struggling Pioneers’ record of 2–7–1, the Maroons are not taking them lightly. To get ready for the game, the Maroons are preparing both mentally and physically. 

“We treat every practice and game as if it were the first and last,” said second-year forward Dayo Adeosun. “As a team, we are always focusing on the next game, and being the best team we can be on the field.” 

Continuing Adeosun’s sentiments, Johnson said, “Every team we play is going to give us their best game. Every game is a hard-fought battle, and obtaining a win will never be easy. It is always tough having to travel during the weekdays to play a game, so the biggest thing we have to do as a team to prepare is just get locked in and focused as soon as we step foot on the bus to travel.”

With an impressive weekend win under their belt, the Maroons are excited and prepared for what is yet to come. They are looking to redeem themselves after falling short last year and losing in the third round of the NCAA DIII Championship. “We hope to bring the trophy home to UChicago, and we will continue to perform to do so,” Adeosun added. Taking it one game at a time, a win over Carroll University on Tuesday is exactly what the Maroons need to stay on track. 

 

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