Aurora defeats Chicago for first time in women's soccer, 1-0.
The Aurora University women's soccer team took to the field on Sunday against rival University of Chicago. The Spartans defeated Chicago 1-0 to give AU the first win for the women's soccer program against Chicago in eight games played.
The teams were very evenly matched throughout the first half with each team having several scoring opportunities. The first half concluded with the teams tied up at 0-0 and the Spartans holding a narrow advantage in shots at 6-5.
The second half began the same way the first half ended with teams trading chances for the opening minutes. However, the Spartans began to gain control of the match as the period played out forcing several spectacular saves from the University of Chicago keeper.
The Spartans were able to finally breakthrough after a University of Chicago foul at midfield allowed junior defender Anya Vincenti to drive a free kick into the box that was met with a diving header from sophomore Lisa Bajkowski and redirected into the goal during the 82nd minute of play.
Scoring opportunities continued to come the Spartans way as the final minutes of play ticked away but AU was unable to convert on any of these opportunities.
AU goalkeeper Liz Wong made six to keep the shut out and her fourth win on the season.
The win marks the first time in women's soccer history that AU has beat the University of Chicago. The win also improves the Spartan's overall record to 4-0, 1-0 in the NAC, while bringing Chicago to 2-3. The Spartans will be in action, once again, on the Tuesday as they will travel to Rockford College on Tuesday to face the Regents in Northern Athletics Conference play.