Men's Soccer Comes up Short versus FIU in OT, 2-1
Ned Pavlovic scored his team-leading second goal of the season to give UIC a 1-0 lead in the first half, but FIU's Colby Burdette scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner just over five minutes into overtime, to lift the unbeaten Panthers to a 2-1 win over the UIC men's soccer team at Flames Field Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, UIC drops to 1-4-0 on the season. FIU completed a 2-0 road trip, improving to an unblemished 5-0-0.
"We had plenty of opportunities to make the plays to win the game today; there were several chances for us to make the score 2-0, or even 2-1," said head coach Sean Phillips. "That being said, FIU is a great team - the reason they are 5-0-0 on the season is because they are making the key plays to win games; they made two of those plays today. We played very well at times, but didn't make the plays necessary to beat a very good team like FIU. We're still searching for the right formula to get results."
Pavlovic came off the bench just past the mid-way point of the first half, and got the Flames on the scoreboard in the 31st minute (30:07). The play was set up by sophomore frontrunner Jesus Torres and senior midfielder Ivan Stanisavljevic, who both tallied assists on a through ball to Pavlovic, as he finished to the far post on the counter.
Both teams took four shots in the first half, with UIC clinging to the 1-0 advantage at intermission. The Panthers were held scoreless for the first 11:28 of the second frame, before Burdette scored his first goal of the season. He beat UIC goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski to the far post after fielding a serve from Lyle Lindquist - Daniel Gonzalez was also credited with an assist on the play.
Despite a series of offensive chances for both teams down the stretch of regulation, the score remained tied for nearly the ensuing 40:00. With 3:52 remaining in overtime, Burdette tallied the game-winner, playing a ball from Patrick Ramdial and Roberto De Sousa, and floating the ball over Kikolski's head. It marked UIC's second-straight sudden-death overtime loss.
FIU held a 12-10 edge in the shots department, and each team attempted four shots-on-goal. Stanisavljevic, who pushed his season point total to six, took a team-high four shots. Torres and junior midfielder Phil Galounis both attempted two shots. Burdette and leading scorer Quentin Albrecht each attempted a team-high four shots for FIU. Kikolski made two saves, while FIU net minder Robin Spiegel turned away three shots from UIC.
UIC will continue its four-game homestand next weekend, when the Flames host the annual UIC Soccer Classic presented by the Chicago South Loop Hotel. The action will kick off on Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. CST, when Wisconsin and Western Illinois go head-to-head at Flames Field. The Flames will take on IUPUI in the ensuing nightcap, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.