Soccer Bests Centenary in OT, 2-1
Memphis, Tenn.- The UIC men's soccer team went into overtime on Friday night, but the Flames pulled out a thrilling victory over Centenary College, 2-1, at the Memphis/Diadora Tournament.
Senior Dennis King tallied both UIC scores, including the game winner, knocking a rebound past the Centary keeper five minutes into the extra period to keep the Flames (2-0) perfect on the season. Freshman Eric Cervantes took the initial shot, which was re-directed by the keeper in the direction of King.
The Flames got on the board first when King put the ball past Centenary goalkeeper Stefan Nicola in the 33rd-minute. Senior Chris Pipis assisted on the goal.
Centenary (0-3) evened the score in the 87th-minute, when Jeffrey Krulin scored an unassisted tally to force the game into an extra session. Each team managed one shot in five minutes of overtime until King's goal gave the Flames the win.
The game was a physical battle painted in yellow. Centenary was given five yellow cards and a red card that led to the ejection of midfielder Ryan Nicholson. UIC's lone caution was given to Derek Kosek in the 22nd-minute.
Goalkeeper Ross Cain followed his shutout of Marquette on Wednesday with another strong performance, stopping nine of ten shots on goal.
The Flames continue play at the Memphis/Diadora Tournament on Saturday, September 6 against UNC-Wilmington at 4:00 p.m.