April 7, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC men’s soccer team began its 2014 spring season this past Saturday (April 5) and came away with a 1-0 win over Northern Illinois at NIU’s Soccer and Track & Field Complex in DeKalb, Ill. Redshirt-sophomore Zack Judickas scored the lone goal of the game for his first as a Flame.
"The players have been looking forward to playing this game," head coach Sean Phillips said. "They have been putting in a tremendous amount of work thus far this semester and were more than ready to get outside and compete against a quality opponent like NIU."
After a scoreless first half, Judickas came in roughly 15 minutes into the second and tallied the game-winning goal, unassisted. The Flames’ defense held strong and prevented the Huskies from scoring through 90 minutes of play.
“The best thing was that the players found a way to get a positive result," Phillips added. "I felt our competitive nature, willingness to fight for one another, transition and work rate were there from the first whistle. Adjusting to playing 11 versus 11, and over a full field, sorted itself out over the course of the match, resulting in increasing bouts of possession, a number of quality chances and solid defending. We still have quite a ways to go this spring but it was a very positive start from which we look forward to building.”
Next up for the Flames is the Chicago Cup, hosted by Northwestern at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday (April 12). The Wildcats will take on Loyola at 2 p.m. CT before UIC’s 3:15 p.m. matchup with DePaul. The winners of each game will then head to the championship final, set for 5:45 p.m., following the consolation match at 4:30 p.m.