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    UIC rookie Sinisa Ubiparipovic tallied the deciding goal on Wednesday at Loyola.
     
    UIC rookie Sinisa Ubiparipovic tallied the deciding goal on Wednesday at Loyola.
     
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    Sept. 18, 2002

    Box Score

    Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's soccer team notched its eighth straight win over Loyola on Wednesday night as they opened Horizon League play with a 3-0 victory over the host Ramblers.

    Sophomore Patrick Grange struck for two goals for the Flames in the contest while freshman Sinisa Ubiparipovic got the game-winner with a first-half tally.

    "It was an outstanding team win tonight," UIC Head Coach Sasha Begovic said after the contest. "Shutting out a quality team like Loyola is not easy, especially on their field."

    With the win, the Flames level their record at 3-3 on the year and go to 1-0 in league play. Loyola, meanwhile, falls to 3-3, 0-1 in the Horizon League.

    After just missing on several scoring chances early in the first half, rookie Ubiparipovic gave UIC the only goal they would need, dribbling past several Rambler defenders before tucking the ball into the left side of the goal in the 40th-minute. It was Ubiparipovic's second goal of the season.

    With the Flames still clinging to a 1-0 lead in the 67th-minute, Grange would give UIC a 2-0 advantage on an assist from Chris Berena. Grange took a nice feed from Berena along the right side of the box and fired a laser that ripped off LU keeper Greg Stellatos and into the back of the net.

    Loyola did not back down in the final moments, setting up several scoring opportunities that were turned away each time by UIC rookie keeper Ross Cain, who finished the night with his second career shutout on seven saves.

    In the waning moments, the Flames made one last run down the field with Grange taking a pass from Russ Plaskunas and firing it into the goal from left-to-right from 12-yards out with less than five seconds left. It was Grange's third goal on the year and was the first career point for Plaskunas, who was credited with the assist.

     

     

    Begovic made sure to point out after the game, though, that it wasn't just the scorers that got the job done on Wednesday in Rogers Park.

    "I thought Micah Howser played on of his best games tonight," Begovic said. "He was all over the field.

    "And the way Jake Stasko played, what can you say. He was injured the whole game and never gave up."

    UIC will continue Horizon League play on the road on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to take on Butler at 4:00 p.m.