Men's Soccer Comes up Short at Marquette, 1-0

Josh Beard
Josh Beard

Aug. 31, 2012

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CHICAGO - The UIC men's soccer team out-shot unbeaten Marquette 12-7, but could not come up with the equalizer in a 1-0 non-conference loss versus the Golden Eagles at Valley Fields Friday night.

The Flames recorded a 6-4 advantage in the shots department in the first half, and out-shot Marquette 6-3 in the second stanza. Ivan Stanisavljevic (4), Jesus Torres (2) and Alexios Fronimos (2) each took multiple shots, as Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon was forced to make four saves, including a pair of stops on significant scoring chances in both the first and second halves.

"Marquette's goalkeeper was tremendous tonight," said head coach Sean Phillips. "He made two great plays, one on Ivan in the first half, and another from Josh Beard in the second half. Offensively, they converted on one set piece, which is something Marquette is well known for.

"For the most part, I thought we defended their set pieces pretty well; but they made the play they needed make to win the game. On the road against a talented, championship-caliber team, you've got to make plays. Tonight we came up a couple of plays short."

Marquette held a slight 7-6 edge on corner kicks, and each team was whistled for one yellow card. Marquette, who came into the contest ranked fourth in the latest NSCAA Great Lakes Region, remained unbeaten (3-0-0) on the season, while UIC dropped to 1-2-0. The Flames started out the season on a three-game road swing all against BCS Conference foes.

UIC will start a four-match homestand next Friday (Sept. 7), when the Flames host Georgetown in the regular season opener at Flames Field beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Flames will also entertain Florida International on Sunday, Sept. 9.