Soccer Stuns Gonzaga In Overtime To Remain Undefeated|
Sept. 15, 2003
Corvallis, Oregon - The UIC men's soccer team's magical start to the 2003 season continued on Sunday as they rallied from three goals down to stun Gonzaga, 4-3, in overtime at the Oregon State/Diadora Classic at Paul Lorenz Field.
With the win, the Flames move to 5-0 on the year, extending the best start to a season in program history. UIC has now won each of its last four games by one goal, three of which were in overtime. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, drop to 3-2 on the year.
Despite going undefeated at the tournament, the Flames did not win the title as host Oregon State, which also went 2-0 on the weekend, took home the crown on goal differential.
Senior Dennis King finished the comeback for UIC on Sunday when he converted a penalty kick seven minutes into the first overtime session. The penalty kick was set up when King, chasing down a well placed pass from Jason Keiffer, was taken down in the box by the Gonzaga keeper.
The Bulldogs looked as if they had delivered a knockout blow to UIC's perfect season in the opening moments of the contest, scoring three times in the first 12 minutes of the contest.
The score was still 3-0 at intermission, but the Flames came out with a sense of urgency in the second stanza and found the back of the net just 32 seconds into the final period when a sliding Derek Kosek re-directed a cross from senior Nate Day for his first goal on the year.
UIC would cut into the Bulldogs' lead even further in the 71st minute when Day took a pass from sophomore John DeVae and chipped it over the head of the goalie into the back of the net. It was Day's first goal of the season.
With momentum on their side, the Flames eventually knotted the score in the 83rd-minute when sophomore Roberto Gallo collected a deflection 15 yards from the goal and rocketed a shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
The game went into overtime where King's penalty kick into the left side of the net, left Gonzaga stunned and started a wild celebration on the field.
Freshman Roman Tulis, who started the second half in goal for the Flames for the second straight outing, made three saves en route to his second win of the year.
UIC will now look to begin its run towards a Horizon League title as they take on city-rival Loyola at Flames Field on Wednesday, September 17th, at 4:00 p.m.