Men's Soccer Falls To FIU In Second OT, 1-0
Sept. 4, 2010
CHICAGO- The UIC men's soccer team and FIU played to a stalemate until Michael Muehseler's game-winning goal in the 102nd minute spelled doom for the Flames in their season opener at Flames Field on Friday night.
Unfortunately none of the Flames' shots could be produced into goals, as the UIC attack threatened often but was unable to get anything past the defense of the Golden Panthers (1-0-0).
A total of 35 fouls were whistled in the physical affair, which was highlighted by stout defense from both sides until the fateful early moments in the match's second overtime.
Muehseler was able to scoot past the UIC defense and get a clean look at goal, beating a leaping Steve Purdy less than two minutes into the start of the second extra session to end the game.
"A disappointing result," said UIC head coach Sean Phillips after his first game as the leader of the Flames. "It was a game that we had opportunities to win. FIU was able to stick to their game plan and capitalize on a mistake, which is something we're still looking to add into the team.
"We will get back to practice on Sunday and start to get ready for a big trip to Seattle to play Michigan and Gonzaga."
Phillips applauded the play of Tracy and Moriba Diallo, both of whom were extremely active in the middle of the park.
UIC plays at the University of Seattle Tournament next weekend, beginning the event against Gonzaga on Friday, Sept. 10.