Soccer Drops Overtime Heartbreaker To Cleveland State

Senior Dennis King once again paced the Flames with a two-goal performance against Cleveland State on Saturday.
Senior Dennis King once again paced the Flames with a two-goal performance against Cleveland State on Saturday.

Sept. 20, 2003

Box Score

Cleveland, Ohio- In four of the first six games of the season, the UIC men's soccer team has relied on second-half firepower to pull out a victory.

That firepower returned on Saturday, but the usual result did not follow.

The Flames poured in four goals in the second period but could not stop the Cleveland State attack as the Vikings downed UIC in overtime, 5-4, at Krenzler Field in Cleveland.

Senior Dennis King, who was named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week this past Wednesday, once again paced the Flames (5-2, 0-2 Horizon League) with two goals. King now has six scores on the season to lead the team.

But the Flames were no match for CSU's Stephen Ademolu. Ademolu turned in a career day, scoring three goals and assisting on the other two Vikings tallies. His final point of the day was an overtime assist on David Stewart's goal in the 100th minute to give the Vikings (5-3, 2-0 Horizon League) the win and keep them in first place in the conference.

UIC had an opportunity in the extra period, but Josh Robinson's laser was turned back by goalkeeper Amir Kettani for one of his six saves.

The Flames fell behind early in the first period, when Spencer Lappin took an Adelmolu pass and knocked it past UIC keeper Ross Cain in the eighth minute.

UIC answered back in the second period with two consecutive unassisted goals, one by Roberto Gallo in the 49th minute and Dennis King's first goal of the game in the 58th minute.

After an Ademolu score in the 63rd minute tied the game, King put the Flames back on top two minutes later by putting a penalty kick past Kettani in the 65th minute.

Ademolu again answered a King goal, this time off of a pass from Lappin in the 82nd minute. With the score tied, Tyler Cuba gave UIC a 4-3 lead in the 85th minute with his first goal of the 2003 campaign. Jason Kieffer assisted the score.



With less than four minutes left in regulation, the Flames could not hold the lead as Ademolu beat Cain for an unassisted goal to tie the game and set up Stewart's overtime heroics. The goal was Ademolu's second hat-trick of the year and his team-leading eighth score of the season.

After a rough battle against city-rival Loyola this past Wednesday, UIC engaged in another rugged Horizon League clash. Cleveland State accumulated 30 fouls and four yellow cards, as well as a red card that led to the second period ejection of defender Benny Eck. UIC was charged with 16 fouls.

UIC is back in action on Wednesday, September 24 against the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.