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    Sept. 3, 2004

    Box Score

    Denver, Colo.- The University of Illinois at Chicago soccer team could not hold off a three-goal second period by Denver as the host Pioneers defeated the Flames, 4-1, in Friday's season opener at Pioneer Field.

    The Flames (0-1) fell behind early as Denver's Kyle Christensen knocked in a score off a corner kick in the second minute to put the Pioneers (1-0) up by a goal.

    UIC answered back in the first half. Newcomer Tonci Skroce showed his explosiveness with an unassisted goal off a loose ball in the 41st minute to draw the Flames even.

    But the second period quickly became a nightmare for the Flames. Denver posted two goals within a 32-second span to go up 3-1. The Pioneers received the goals from Mark Wellen and James Merriman in the 55th minute.

    The final tally was a late goal in the 88th minute by Travis Hendricks.

    Junior Ross Cain did all he could to keep the Flames in the game, notching seven saves, including six in a second period where Denver launched 12 shots to UIC's two.

    Skroce was the only UIC player to generate offense, posting three shots on goal and earning his first Division I score.

    Newcomer Pawel Otachel took four shots from his midfield spot, with one against goal, while Pawel Ligas and Derek Kosek each put up a shot.

    UIC will be back in action this Sunday at Air Force. Game time is noon.