Soccer Remains Undefeated With 2-1 Overtime Victory Over St. Mary's (CA)

Senior Peter Kelley scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Flames on Friday.
Senior Peter Kelley scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Flames on Friday.

Sept. 12, 2003

Box Score

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.