Men's Soccer Secures 1-0 Shutout against San Francisco

Senior Jesus Torres scored in the 22nd minute to lift the Flames to victory.
Senior Jesus Torres scored in the 22nd minute to lift the Flames to victory.
Aug. 31, 2014

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CHICAGO - The UIC men's soccer team (2-0-0) closed out its opening weekend on Sunday with a 1-0 shutout win against San Francisco (1-1-0) at Flames Field. Senior Jesus Torres scored his second goal of the season in the 22nd minute off a pass from junior Manny Chavez.

"It's always good to open your season 2-0," head coach Sean Phillips said. "With both games being in hot and humid conditions, it was going to be tough to get another result. The resiliency of this group came out again today.  Jesus (Torres) came up big.  He's one of the best frontrunners in the conference. Andrew (Putna) made a great save at the end of the game and patrolled his area.  Most importantly though, the guys executed the defensive adjustments made at halftime which allowed us to manage the second half while creating a few dangerous opportunities."

UIC fired off eight shots in the contest, with three on goal by Torres and Chavez, while San Francisco made 14 attempts with seven reaching on goal.

The Dons came out and maintained a majority of the possession to start the match, but in the 22nd minute, Torres took a pass from Chavez and scored from the far left wing to give the Flames an early 1-0 lead. UIC took four additional shots in the half, with San Francisco owning six total and four on goal.

The Flames were held to three shot attempts in the second, while the Dons took eight shots with three on goal. The Flames' defense played a key role in breaking up San Francisco's chances off free kicks and corners to hold on for the win.

"Our guys did everything we asked between the game Friday night and the start of the game today. The sign of a good team is that we found a way to win in overtime on Friday, we got better from that game and found a way to win against a very talented San Francisco team, who I think, much like Fullerton, will surprise some people out west."

Sophomore Andrew Putna made seven saves in goal for UIC while picking up his first shutout of the season. The Dons' Chase Hauser made two saves on the Flames' four shots on goal.

UIC will take a short break before returning to Flames Field on Friday to host No. 10 Michigan State at 7 p.m. CT.