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    Sept. 26, 2004

    Box Score

    Chicago, Ill.- The University of Illinois at Chicago soccer team put on a daunting display of offensive aggressiveness against Horizon League rival Cleveland State on Sunday afternoon, but missed opportunities haunted the Flames as the match ended in a 1-1 tie at Flames Field.

    UIC (1-7-1, 0-1-1 Horizon League) outshot the Vikings (3-3-1, 0-0-1 Horizon League) by an astounding 34-13 mark, taking twice as many shots-on-goal with a 14-7 advantage.

    The Flames got on the board first, as Kenneth Nightingale stole the ball from a Viking defender and hit Nick Sutter on the left side. Sutter, who led the team with seven total shots, took a cross and found Eric Cervantes on the right side.

    Cervantes then headed the ball past Cleveland State keeper Amir Kettani and another Viking defender in the 55th minute for his first goal of the season and the early UIC lead.

    But the Vikings answered right back. Three minutes after the Cervantes goal, Andreas Roaldset took a free kick from 35 yards out and found a wide-open David Prentice, who got free from a scrum of UIC and CSU players fighting for the zooming pass that bounced through the pile and in front of an open left end of the net for Prentice's easy chip-in that evened the score.

    That's where the scoring stopped, as both teams engaged in a defensive battle the rest of the way, although each side had late opportunities to come away with the conference victory. Cleveland State's Spencer Lappin had a couple of late shots that just missed, while Sutter, Cervantes and Tonci Skroce were among the many UIC attackers that came away empty in front of the net after creating good chances to score.

    UIC goalkeeper Jeff Engelbrecht posted six stops, including three crucial saves in the final overtime period. Kettani was even busier on the other end, making 13 saves during the Flames' onslaught of shots.

     

     

    Cervantes has been very active offensively since his season debut on Sept. 15th, taking 18 shots in four games with 10 attempts on goal. The second-year standout accumulated six shots and four shots-on-goal in earning two points on Sunday.

    Lappin led the Cleveland State attack with five shots and three shots-on-goal.

    The Flames outshot the Vikings in every period except the first overtime session, which saw both teams take three attempts. UIC took 13 shots in the first period compared to Cleveland State's two shots, while the Flames attempted 14 shots against the Vikings' six shots.

    UIC returns to action this Wednesday, traveling to Rogers Park to take on crosstown rival Loyola in a Horizon League match beginning at 7 p.m.