Soccer Settles For 2-2 Draw With DePaul
Sept. 25, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - The conclusion to Wednesday's tilt between the UIC men's soccer team and DePaul may have seemed a little odd to Flames fans.
That's because for the first time in 43 home contests, dating back to 1997, the game ended without a winner or a loser as the double-overtime affair between the Flames and Blue Demons ended in a 2-2 draw.
UIC, which entered the game having won the last six meetings versus DePaul, owned a 2-0 lead in the contest, scoring a pair of goals less than a minute apart in the first half.
Sophomore Patrick Grange got things started in the 35th-minute, booting in a well placed cross for senior Joe Morelli into the back of the net from inside of six yards. It was Grange's team-best fourth goal of the season.
Not to be outdone, junior Dennis King tied Grange for the team lead in goals just 37 seconds later as he dribbled into the box and chipped the ball past Blue Demon keeper Michael Timlin. Junior Chris Berena and freshman Sinisa Ubiparipovic were credited with assists on the goal.
DePaul would not go away, though, cutting the UIC lead in half in the 38th-minute on a strike from Anthony Minniti, who was assisted by Bob Kruse.
The score remained 2-1 until the 79th-minute when Blue Demon junior Jonathan Foley tucked a direct free kick from just outside the top of the box into the top left corner of the goal to even the score, 2-2.
Both squads would have near-misses into the two overtimes.
DePaul's Ed Kiefer hit the post on a sure goal just over a minute into the first overtime, then Timlin turned away two strong strikes from UIC's Ubiparipovic in the first overtime and another by Roberto Gallo to preserve the tie.
With the draw, UIC moves to 3-4-1 on the season while the Blue Demons' record is now 2-4-2.
The Flames will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 29, as they travel to Charleston, Ill., to meet Eastern Illinois at 1:00 p.m.