Soccer Edged By Air Force, 2-1|
Sept. 5, 2004
USAFA, Colo.- Despite another fine offensive attack from newcomer Tonci Skroce and a strong debut in goal from redshirt freshman Jeff Engelbrecht, a two-goal performance from Air Force senior Marcus Sagastume helped down the University of Illinois at Chicago soccer team, 2-1, at Cadet Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Flames (0-2) could not stop the 2003 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Player of the Year as Sagastume scored on a header in the seventh minute to put the Falcons (1-0-1) up early.
Sagastume struck again in the 30th minute on a penalty kick that just got past Engelbrecht.
Skroce put the Flames within striking distance in the 63rd minute, taking a penalty kick of his own and knocking it past Air Force keeper Paul Elsbernd to cut the lead in half.
That was as close as UIC would get, despite a late rally that almost got the Flames even in the final minute. A shot by freshman Pawel Ligas zoomed past the outstretched hands of Elsbernd but traveled just past the post.
Engelbrecht was strong in his first collegiate game between the posts, saving eight shots.
The Flames were much more aggressive on the offensive side compared to their 4-1 loss to Denver on Friday. Seven players took shots against the Falcons for 13 attempts in the contest, with 10 of them in the second period, in comparison to Friday's nine-shot performance for the entire match.
Skroce, who scored his team-leading second goal on Sunday, led the way with three shots and two attempts against goal.
UIC is back in action this Tuesday as they continue their road trip in-state with a visit to DeKalb, Ill., to take on Northern Illinois.