Soccer Cruises Past Cleveland State, 5-2

Sophomore forward Patrick Grange tallied two goals on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Patrick Grange tallied two goals on Sunday afternoon.

Oct. 13, 2002

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - Sophomore Patrick Grange tallied two goals to help lead the University of Illinois at Chicago soccer team to the 5-2 Horizon League victory over Cleveland State at Flames Field on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, UIC improves to 5-6-2 overall and 2-2-1 in Horizon League action, while the Vikings fall to 7-6 on the campaign and 4-1 in league play.

"We showed a lot of patience today," UIC head coach Sasha Begovic said. "We've been talking about patience, controlling the ball and hustling and we came out today and did it."

Jake Stasko got things going for the Flames at the 8:28 mark of the first half as he knocked in a rebound off a Sinisa Ubaparipovic shot to put UIC ahead, 1-0.

Cleveland State answered eight minutes later as Joachim Walker broke free and hauled in a wonderful pass from O.C. Haugen from 30-yards out for a breakaway goal to knot the game up at 1-apiece.

Less than two minutes later, junior Dennis King put the Flames ahead for good as he scored off an indirect kick for his fifth goal of the season.

Grange closed out the scoring for UIC in the first half as he placed a beautiful shot from 10 yards out in the upper left-hand corner of the net to give UIC a 3-1 lead heading into the intermission. King assisted on the play.

The sophomore sensation didn't stop there as Grange scored on a penalty kick at the 72:01 mark, for his team-best seventh goal of the season to push the Flames ahead, 4-1.

Two minutes later, Cleveland State converted a penalty kick of their own as Adam Musser knocked in his first goal of the season to cut UIC's lead in half at 4-2.

UIC added an insurance goal with six minutes left in the contest as senior defender Joe Morelli tallied his sixth goal of the season off a Bruno Rasich corner kick.



Freshman Ross Cain recorded five saves in goal for his fifth victory of the season.

UIC will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon, as they will square off with in-state rival, Northwestern at 3:00 p.m.