Soccer Suffers First Loss Of The Season At Hands Of Loyola, 2-1
Sept. 23, 2005
Chicago, Ill.- Junior Pawel Otachel's first goal of the season was not enough for the UIC soccer team as Loyola score two unanswered goals late in the second period in the Flames' 2-1 loss at Flames Field on Friday.
UIC (3-1-1, 0-1-0 Horizon) suffered their first defeat of the season after the Ramblers (2-3-1, 1-0-0 Horizon) received the tying goal from Matt Marek in the 71st minute and the game-winner off a sharp header from Joe Nierzwicki in the 87th minute.
Otachel got the scoring started early when he stole the ball from the Loyola defense and charged in to get a shot off 15 yards away that got past Brad Sommer and put the Flames up 1-0.
The score held up until Marek launched a rocket that wound past UIC goalkeeper Jeff Engelbrecht and notched the game.
The match seemed headed for extra time until Steven Graner tapped the ball to Nierzwicki, who headed an attempt past Engelbrecht that put Loyola up for good.
UIC tried hard to get even late, but Pat McMahon's solid last-ditch effort near the penalty box went wide of the right post with 10 seconds left in the match.
The Flames were outshot 13-9, including an 8-5 shot difference in favor of Loyola in the second period.
Engelbrecht made four saves on the afternoon.
UIC returns to action this Sunday to wrap up their three-game homestand with a bout against Horizon League rival Detroit at Flames Field beginning at 1:00 p.m. Central. Sunday's match will feature a pre-game presentation as part of Parents' Day.