Soccer Shutout At Eastern Illinois, 8-0
Sept. 29, 2002
Charleston, Ill. - You can't have a much better Sunday afternoon than Eastern Illinois men's soccer player Jason Thompson did.
The junior All-American forward tied his own school and league record with six goals to lead the host Panthers to an 8-0 rout of UIC at Lakeside Field.
EIU's win improves them to 4-4 on the year and avenges last season's 7-2 loss to the Flames. UIC, meanwhile, dropped to 3-5-1 on the year.
Thompson, who last tallied six goals two years ago at Belmont, single-handedly staked Eastern Illinois to a 3-0 first-half lead, with goals in the sixth, 38th and 45th-minute of the period.
He then kept on firing in the second half with unanswered goals in the 53rd, 58th, and 80th-minutes for a 6-0 Panther advantage. Thompson now has 10 goals on the season and 36 for his career.
Patrick Thomas and Jimmy Klatter, who also had two assists on the day, finished off the scoring with tallies in the 84th and 85th minute respectively for the final 8-0 margin.
The loss, ironically, is the Flames' worst since a 10-1 defeat at Eastern Illinois in 1993, which is also the last time UIC allowed eight or more goals in a contest.
Head Coach Sasha Begovic's crew will look to get back on the winning track on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 2, when they welcome Horizon League rival UW-Milwaukee to Flames Field at 3:00 p.m.