Soccer Drops Heartbreaker To Jacksonville, 2-1

Forward Tonci Skroce scored his team-high third goal of the season on Sunday.
Forward Tonci Skroce scored his team-high third goal of the season on Sunday.

Sept. 12, 2004

Wilmington, N.C.- A goal off a free kick by Jacksonville's Tommy Krizanovic with nearly eight minutes left proved to be the game-winner as the University of Illinois at Chicago soccer team lost a 2-1 decision to the Dolphins in the Flames' finale at the Adidas-Home Stay Inn Seahawk Soccer Classic at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Sunday.

UIC (0-5-0) fell behind early as Krizanovic stole the ball and knocked it past Flames sophomore goalkeeper Roman Tulis in the 17th minute for the early 1-0 lead for Jacksonville (3-1-0).

The Flames evened the score in the 38th minute as Tonci Skroce took a Derek Kosek pass and sent the ball past Dolphin keeper Greg Williams for the tying goal. Skroce now has a team-leading three goals.

But Krizanovic struck again in the 83rd minute as the Jacksonville forward took Brian Cocciolo's pass from mdifield and knocked it past Tulis for the deciding score, his second of the contest.

Tulis, making his 2004 debut in net, nabbed seven saves in 90 minutes of work. Williams saved five for the Dolphins.

After taking seven shots in the first period, the Flames could only manage four in the final half.

Sunday's match marked the first game in the young 2004 season that UIC did not incur a single yellow card.

The Flames return home from their five-game road trip this Wednesday to host crosstown rival DePaul at Flames Field beginning at 3:00 p.m.