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    Steve Purdy made a pair of saves against Gonzaga in the Flames finale at Seattle on Sunday.
     
    Steve Purdy made a pair of saves against Gonzaga in the Flames finale at Seattle on Sunday.
     
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    Sept. 12, 2010

    Box Score

    SEATTLE - A goal in the 86th minute would be the difference maker in the UIC soccer team's defeat against Gonzaga on Sunday afternoon to close out the Seattle University Tournament.

    With both sides limited in scoring chances, the Bulldogs' Stefan Eysteinsson connected off a rebound from Alec Cutter in the 86th minute for the lone goal of the match for the 1-0 final score.

    "We knew that today's contest would be a sizable challenge coming in versus this very talented team," said head coach Sean Phillips. "But we have to find ways to finish plays in the attacking half of our game."

    Alex Rickett would put two shots on target in the Sunday match, with Gonzaga goalkeeper Ryan Caballero tallying four saves in the shutout. Flames keeper Steve Purdy made a pair of saves on the day.

    "Our bench gave us a positive lift today," said Phillips. "While we are still searching for the right combination on the field, we will get back to work this week and continue the process of learning to finish games to achieve positive results."

    The Flames close out pre-league play at the University of Akron tournament next weekend, opening the weekend against Cincinnati on Friday prior to a Sunday matchup against Cal State Northridge.