Soccer Remains Undefeated With 2-1 Overtime Victory Over St. Mary's (CA)|
Sept. 12, 2003
Corvallis, Oregon - Another game, another thriller for the UIC men's soccer team.
Senior Peter Kelley provided the late-game heroics this time, as his golden goal four minutes into overtime gave the Flames a 2-1 victory over St. Mary's in the opening game of the Oregon State/Diadora Classic at Paul Lorenz Field.
The win keeps UIC undefeated at 4-0, extending the best start in program history.
In the overtime period, Kelley corralled a loose ball at the top of the box then bent the ball into the top left corner of the goal from 20-yards out in the 95th-minute.
"I watched it very carefully," Kelley said of his game-winning strike,"Then as soon as it curled over the keeper, I just turned and started celebrating."
The goal was Kelley's third of the year, tying him for the team lead.
It also marked the Flames' third straight 2-1 win, and second contest in three games won in overtime.
"We seem to have a little flare for the dramatic," Kelley said. "We've gotten a lot of experience playing in tight games this season, so when the game went into overtime today we didn't panic."
After playing to a scoreless first half, UIC got on the board first in the second stanza.
Sophmore John DeVae scored his first goal in a Flames uniform when he rocketed a shot off the keeper and into the bottom left corner of the goal in the 51st-minute. Sophomore Roberto Gallo was credited with the assist on the goal his third of the year.
UIC would have a prime opportunity to make the score 2-0 just five minutes later when DeVae was taken down in the box, setting up a penalty kick. Gaels' keeper Kellan Wilson made a sprawling save on Dennis Kings penalty attempt, though, shifting the momentum in St. Mary's favor.
The Gaels appeared to tally the equalizer in the 68th-minute off a free kick, but an offside call on the play kept the Flames in the lead.
That advantage would last for nine more minutes until a loose ball found the boot of St. Mary's Matthew Walker at the top of the box. He rifled a one-timer into the left side of the net to even the score, 1-1.
The Flames will look to run their record to 5-0 on Sunday, when they meet Gonzaga at 2:00 p.m. CST, in Corvallis.