Soccer Suffers Tough Loss At Bradley, 2-1|
Aug. 31, 2002
Morton, Ill. - It may have only been the second game of the year for both school's, but Saturday night's tilt between UIC and Bradley in front of 907 fans had all the feel of a postseason match-up.
The Flames (1-1) clung to a 1-0 lead through the first 75 minutes of end-to-end action, only to watch the Braves (2-0) score two unanswered goals, including the game-winner with 1:04 remaining, to claim a 2-1 win and the championship at the 2002 Holiday Inn City Centre Classic.
UIC struck early on Saturday as Patrick Grange found the back of the net in the ninth minute for a 1-0 lead. Grange's blast from the top of the penalty area came after some nifty passing by freshman Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Dennis King, who were both credited with assists on the play.
That advantage held up until the 76th minute when Bradley, which took 23 shots on the night, finally broke through as sophomore Preston Good scored off a left-side rush.
The Braves then got the deciding goal in the 89th minute after the Flames were whistled for a foul just outside the penalty area. Forward Luke Kreamalmeyer took the free kick and knocked it off the post, but freshman Adam Hage was there to knock in the loose ball to give Bradley the 2-1 win.