Men's Soccer Defeats Lewis, 1-0, in Exhibition Finale

Aug. 18, 2012

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CHICAGO - In the final tune-up prior to next Friday's regular season opener at DePaul, the UIC men's soccer team came away with a 1-0 win over visiting Lewis University at Flames Field Saturday night. Junior college transfer Alexios Fronimosscored the Flames' game-winning goal in the 70th minute.

The game was played in the same format as in the regular season, with two 45-minute halves. Head coach Sean Phillipsused the two stanzas to utilize a pair of completely different lineups, in an effort to continually evaluate various lineups and combinations.

"I was pleased with our performance," said head coach Sean Phillips.  "With nine new players on the field, there were some times tonight when some excellent build-up play came on.  We produced enough chances; we just need to make the extra pass, and put more goals on the board."   

Fronimos' goal, a right-footed volley, came off a cross by Mirza Prses from the right side. The Flames decisively controlled the run of play, out-shooting the Flyers 14-4. Ned Pavlovic and Ivan Stanisavljevic, who both started the first half, each recorded a team-high three shots. The Flames forced Lewis net minders Sebastian Kieruzal and Alec Pickett to make a combined four saves.

Piotr Kikolski started in goal for the Flames, but Goran Ikicalso saw action, playing the final 27:44 of the second half.

UIC will take on host DePaul at Wish Field in Lincoln Park next Friday (Aug. 24) beginning at 1 p.m., in the regular season opener. The Blue Demons are 0-1-1 during the preseason, including Saturday's 1-0 loss at Northern Illinois. DePaul will face Horizon League foe Milwaukee in its exhibition finale Monday.