Sep 6, 2013
CHICAGO - The UIC men's soccer team was put to the test Friday night at Flames Field, as it took on city-rival DePaul. The Flames battled from the start and went into the half with a 1-1 tie, but were unable to answer back to the Blue Demons two goals in the second and ultimately fell 3-1.
The loss drops the Flames to 0-2-0 this season, while the win for DePaul marks its first of the season to go to 1-2-0.
"DePaul wanted it more tonight," head coach Sean Phillips said. "They out fouled us, they out worked us, and to their credit, they gave a more mature performance. They took advantage of the opportunities that we gave them and they deserve credit for that."
The Blue Demons came in with a quick tally to take a 1-0 lead after just 2:55 passed in the first, when Jalen Harvey knocked in a header. The Flames were given their chances and responded in the 20th minute when sophomore Kyle Lindberg scored the lone goal of the game and the first of the season for UIC off a pass from senior Bob Novak.
The physicality continued into the second with DePaul collecting a total of 24 fouls in the match against UIC's 12, while a total of nine yellow cards and one red card were handed out between the two teams. DePaul's Joe Brinckwirth and Pat Flynn went on to score the two remaining goals of the game, despite the Flames holding a 15-6 shots advantage.
"We have to find a way to get that intensity and that intangible that we had against Wisconsin and had, for moments, against Santa Barbara back into this team."
The Flames will look to make a quick turnaround, as they are set to face Western Michigan at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday at Flames Field.
"Western Michigan will be a very tough, hard-working opponent," Phillips added. "To get the type of result we want on Sunday, we are going to have to bring a better mentality."