Men's Soccer Comes up Short in Exhibition Opener at Wisconsin

Freshman Roberto Torres
Freshman Roberto Torres

Aug. 17, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. – One goal was the deciding factor in the UIC men’s soccer team’s first exhibition match of the 2014 season against Wisconsin on Sunday. The Flames put four shots on goal, but the Badgers scored in the 29th minute to take a 1-0 win at the McClimon Soccer Complex. The contest was played in three 30-minute periods.

"It was good to get out and measure ourselves against an NCAA Tournament team," head coach Sean Phillips said. "Wisconsin was one last year and will be again this year.

The Flames had all four of their shots on goal come in the first period off chances from Manny Chavez, Thomas Villamil, Joel Salmeron and Roberto Torres, with UW’s goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk making each save. It was in the 29th minute that the Badgers scored the lone goal of the game after Tom Barlow netted a pass from Skyler Felt.

"We started the game very well, pressuring them in their half and creating chances. Unfortunately, we did not take advantage of our opportunities and, to their credit, they made a great play to finish a chance.

UIC and Wisconsin were held to two shots apiece in the second, with the Flames’ contributions coming from R. Torres and Alex Yeung.

The physicality picked up in the final frame, when three yellow cards were issued, one to UIC’s Sergio Fuentes and two to Wisconsin’s Mark Segbers and Enda O’Neill. The Flames were given three corner kicks, but took just one shot from Salmeron, which was blocked.

"Over the course of the next two periods, we were able to evaluate six new players, as well as the rest of the healthy returners. We has some good moments, but not enough to find a way to get a result, which is ultimately what needs to be done.

Andrew Putna started in goal for UIC and made two saves in the first two periods before Goran Ikic came in to play the third and make one stop.

The Flames will return to Chicago and quickly prepare for their second exhibition match against Saint Louis on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT at Flames Field.

"Wisconsin is a very talented and well coached team, who will have a good season. I look forward to seeing how we respong in training the next two days to prepare for Saint Louis."