When it comes to versatility, Josh Beard from the UIC men's soccer team runs the gamut. The Schaumburg, Ill., native played on all three lines for the Flames last season, helping UIC finish third in the Horizon League's regular season race, its best finish since 2008. Beard is Wednesday's featured student-athlete in the "Forty Flames to Follow" in 2013-14 summer series.
Down the stretch of the 2012 campaign, UIC men's soccer midfielder Slobodan Aleksov proved to be one of the Horizon League's most dangerous offensive players. Heading into his senior season, the Flames' leading returning goal scorer will look to lead UIC back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. Aleksov is Tuesday's featured student-athlete in the "Forty Flames to Follow" in 2013-14 summer series.
The 2013 UIC Men's Soccer schedule was released Wednesday, a slate that features 12 home dates, including the annual UIC Soccer Classic the third weekend of September. The Flames will also host Michigan State at Flames Field prior to the outset of Horizon League play in early October.
The UIC men's soccer team was well-represented at the 2013 "Night of Champions" event that celebrated Academic Achievement. Redshirt sophomore Piotr Lagowski was named the Co-Male Student-Athlete of the Year, while senior-to-be Josh Beard received the Port Center Academic Scholarship, and Slobodan Aleksov was named the Colvin Communications Scholar.
UIC head men's soccer coach Sean Phillips served as a clinician for America SCORES Chicago last week, continuing the program's partnership with the year-round soccer and health curriculum.
When UIC head men's soccer coach Sean Phillips and his coaching staff sets out on the recruiting trail it is about winning, and as an athlete or a coach, winning is about reaching one goal. It is about extending a season until the very end and prevailing, being on top, being the best of the best.