Soccer Plays To Double-Overtime Draw With Detroit

Senior Joe Morelli netted two goals versus the Titans on Sunday.
Senior Joe Morelli netted two goals versus the Titans on Sunday.

Oct. 6, 2002

Box Score

Detroit, Mich. - UIC senior Joe Morelli made his final collegiate homecoming a memorable one on Sunday afternoon as he tallied his second career multi-goal game as the Flames played host Detroit to a 2-2 double-overtime draw.

Morelli, a Holly, Mich., native, netted a pair of key goals in helping UIC tie the Titans, moving the Flames to 1-2-1 in the Horizon League, 3-6-1 overall. Detroit, meanwhile, which was sparked by two goals and an assist from Ablaye Camara, is now 1-1-1 in league action, with a 9-2-2 overall mark.

UIC took the early 1-0 lead in the 36th-minute of the game on Sunday when Morelli converted a penalty kick.

That score would remain until the 50th-minute when Camara scored on an assist from Aaron Byrd, opening up what would be a wild scoring second half.

Three minutes later, Morelli gave the Flames the lead back, 2-1, in the 53rd-minute with his career-best fifth goal of the season.

Camara then took over, leveling the score 2-2 in the 78th-minute on a penalty kick, then assisting on the go-ahead goal by Brandon Felker less than two minutes later.

With the Titans holding a 3-2 edge in the 81st-minute, UIC senior Jake Stasko connected on his first goal of the season on an assist from Adam Jones to even the score.

In the two overtimes the Flames put three shots on goal while Detroit had two shots saved by UIC keeper Casey Pudwill, who totaled a career best eight saves in the game. Neither team would find the back of the net in either 10-minute extra session, though, as the game ended in a draw.

UIC is back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 9, as they travel to DeKalb, Ill., to take on Northern Illinois.