Flames Drop 2-1 Decision at Michigan State|
Sept. 27, 2011
Jesus Torres scored his third goal of the season, but host Michigan State defeated the UIC men's soccer team, 2-1 at the DeMartin Soccer Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
The Flames (5-2-2) suffered just their second setback of the season, and were defeated for the first time since Sept. 11. Michigan State moved to 2-5-2 on the season.
"On the road against a Big Ten team, we came out flat today," said head coach Sean Phillips. "The guys did a nice job of making some halftime adjustments, and when we jumped out to a 1-0 lead, we definitely had the momentum on our side."
Torres gave the Flames the 1-0 lead just over six minutes into the second half (51:12), scoring an opportunistic goal off a rebounded shot by Ivan Stanisavljevic. MSU was then awarded a penalty kick in the 55th minute (54:53), and Cyrus Saydee converted the tally to tie the score at 1-1.
"Jesus (Torres) did a nice job getting us on the board first," Phillips said. "Ivan (Stanisavljevic) cut his defender, and put a good, heavy strike on the ball. Jesus was on top of it, and put the ball in the back of the net. MSU was then awarded a penalty kick after we didn't properly clear a restart."
The Spartans recorded the game-winner in the 79th minute (78:23), as Joe Paljaj scored from the left wing following a corner kick - Ryan Thelen was credited with the assist.
"We didn't do a very good job defending their set pieces tonight, and we have to clean that up before Saturday," said Phillips. "We created a lot of offensive chances as we have been doing all year, but our finishing touch was a bit off tonight."
UIC held a decisive advantage (11-6) in the shots department, and took six corner kicks. There were a combined 28 fouls called in the match, including 13 by the Flames. Josh Beard, Torres and Joe Radice each took two shots to lead the Flames, who recorded five total shots-on-goal.
UIC will return home to open Horizon League play Saturday, when the Flames host Green Bay under the lights of Flames Field beginning at 7 p.m. CST. The Phoenix have won two-straight, including last Saturday's 2-1 win over Loyola in their Horizon League opener.