Men's Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw at No. 12 Indiana

Zach Kaleta anchored a starting back line that included three newcomers.
Zach Kaleta anchored a starting back line that included three newcomers.

Aug. 14, 2012

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Ivan Stanisavljevicbroke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 66th minute, but No. 12 Indiana tallied the equalizer just over five minutes later, as the UIC men's soccer team settled for a 1-1 tie versus the Hoosiers in the exhibition opener for both teams at Bill Armstrong Stadium Tuesday night.

"I was pleased with our overall performance and the result tonight," said UIC head coach Sean Phillips. "We played five freshmen in both the first and second period, and seven freshmen in the third period. While Indiana had the better run of play in the first period, every game has its ebbs and flows, and we picked it up in the second and third period, and eventually took the lead. I thought Ivan (Stanisavljevic) and (Joe) Radice showed great veteran leadership tonight."

The game was played in three 30-minute intervals, as opposed to the traditional college soccer format of two 45-minute halves during the regular season. Stanisavljevic scored the game's first goal just over seven minutes into the third period, finishing low post after a rebound on a scoring chance he originally created. Indiana's Kyle Sparks answered just over five minutes later, pushing the ball past UIC goalkeeper Goran Ikic from about 20 yards out after a long cross.

Both teams attempted four shots on goal - UIC was paced by Stanisavljevic, who took two shots on net. Joe Radice and Ned Pavlovic also each recorded one shot-on-goal. Indiana held a 16-6 advantage in overall shots. The Flames forced Indiana senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner to make three saves, while UIC net minder Piotr Kikolskiturned away two shots by IU.

Seventeen players saw action in the UIC lineup, including nine newcomers. Redshirt freshmen Marcin Modzelewski and Thomas Villamil started along the back line, while true freshmen Manny Chavez and Kyle Lindbergalso garnered starts.

"Collectively, I thought our new players progressed very well from the start to the end of the game," Phillips said. "Those guys are competing very realistically for playing time. We're looking forward to getting back onto the practice field and competing again tomorrow."

UIC will wrap up the exhibition portion of its season on Saturday, when the Flames entertain Lewis University at Flames Field beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST. Stay tuned to for a video preview of the match.