Talent, leadership and character defined UIC's record-setting season
Bob Novak, Josh Beard, Slobodan Aleksov and Jesus Torres earn regional honors
UIC's chance to continue in the postseason will be decided tomorrow during the NCAA Selection Show
UIC will face No. 2 Milwaukee in the Championship Final
The Flames enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed for the first time since the 2008 season
AS A JUNIOR (2013): Named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team and All-Horizon League First Team ... played and started in all 20 games ... led the League and placed within the top 15 nationally in assists with nine ... assisted on five game-winning goals against Western Michigan (09/08), Cleveland State (10/05), Eastern Illinois (10/08), Wright State (10/19) and Valparaiso (10/25) ... recorded two goals, an assist and the game-winner against IPFW (09/22) ... scored four goals on the season against Western Michigan, IPFW and Milwaukee (10/16), while also collecting the game-winner against the Panthers ... came away with at least one point in six-consecutive matches during October ... named to the UIC Soccer Classic and Horizon League Championship All-Tournament Teams ... received the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week accolade on Oct. 22
AS A FRESHMAN (2011): Played in 12 matches, earning 10 starts as one of the Flames' primary frontrunners ... scored three goals, third-most on the team, and added two assists ... named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team ... chalked up All-Tournament honors at the UIC Soccer Classic ... scored his first-two career goals in UIC's 3-2 win over SIU-Edwardsville (9/16/11), including the game-winning header in the second overtime session ... gave UIC a 1-0 lead early in the second half at Michigan State (9/27/11) ... recorded his first-career assist in the season opening win over Marquette (8/27/11), as Joe Radice scored the game-winner ... also tallied the game-winning assist versus DePaul (9/1/11) at Toyota Park ... played in just two regular season Horizon League matches due to a nagging hamstring injury, but still earned All-Newcomer honors based on votes conducted by League member head coaches..
PREP/PERSONAL: Lettered all four years at Little Village, a member of the Premiere Conference ... prep coach was Antonio Pazarran ... played club soccer for the Chicago United FC ... born May 28, 1993 in Mexico ... son of Evangelina Alvarez ... has two younger sisters, Joan and Brenda ... currently enrolled as a Criminology, Law & Justice major