Flames Comes up Short at Milwaukee in Overtime, 2-1

Ivan Stanisavljevic tallied the equalizer early in the second half
Ivan Stanisavljevic tallied the equalizer early in the second half

Oct. 6, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Senior midfielder Ivan Stanisavljevic scored his fifth goal of the season, but the UIC men's soccer team saw its five-game unbeaten streak come to an end in a 2-1 overtime decision versus Milwaukee at Engelmann Field Saturday night.

With the setback, UIC moved to 4-5-2 on the season, with a 1-1-1 Horizon League mark. Milwaukee picked up its first victory during League play, improving to 5-4-2 overall and 1-0-2 in conference action.

"This was another great rivalry game against Milwaukee," said head coach Sean Phillips. "It has always been a very difficult place to get a result and tonight was no different. After Milwaukee went up deservedly with a great goal the boys showed a tremendous amount of resilience in continuing to play and work throughout a large amount of the remainder of the game.

"While Ivan's goal is officially unassisted, his opportunity was created by some great play by the team that was characteristic of a good part of the second half. Unfortunately, we did not take advantage of the several additional opportunities to put the game away tonight while Milwaukee took advantage of a set piece in overtime and made the final play. We have to get back to Chicago and move forward on to another great rivalry game in Loyola on Wednesday."

The Panthers got on the scoreboard in the 34th minute of the first half, when Zach Stevenson scored on a header following a deep serve by James Ashcroft, who was credited with the assist. The match remained scoreless for the remainder of the first half, but UIC forced Milwaukee goalkeeper John Shakon to make four saves on its eight shots of the opening 45:00. The Flames also held a 6-3 edge on corner kicks at intermission.

Stanisavljevic tallied the equalizer in the 56th minute, scoring his team-leading fifth goal after picking off a loose ball just outside the 18-yard box, shaking a defender and converting the far post finish. Neither team scored for the remainder of regulation, as UIC entered its fifth overtime game of the season.

Milwaukee's Jaime Bladen scored the game-winner on a header just 1:14 into the first overtime session - Laurie Bell served the ball on a set piece, and collected the assist.

Milwaukee held a 20-12 advantage on shots and both teams attempted seven shots-on-goal. UIC finished the game with a 9-6 edge on corner kicks. Stanisavljevic and freshman Kyle Lindberg each took a team-high four shots for UIC. Bladen attempted four shots for the Panthers.

UIC will return home to host cross-town rival Loyola at Flames Field next Wednesday (Oct. 10) beginning at 7 p.m. CST. The Flames will be idle from Horizon League competition next weekend, instead traveling to Des Moines, Iowa to take on Drake in the non-conference finale on Saturday, Oct. 13.