Flames Fall Short versus Cleveland State, 2-1|
Oct. 14, 2011
Zach Kaleta scored his second goal of the season, but the UIC men's soccer team fell behind by two goals early in the second half, and came up short in a 2-1 decision versus Cleveland State in a Horizon League match at Flames Field Friday night.
The loss snapped a three-game home winning streak for the Flames, and handed UIC (6-3-3, 1-1-1 Horizon) its first Horizon League setback. Cleveland State improved to 6-6-1, with a 3-1-1 mark in conference action.
"We dominated the game statistically, but that's not the name of the game in soccer," said UIC head coach Sean Phillips. "We allowed Cleveland State to make a couple of critical plays, which they are very good at, and set up to do. They capitalized, and we didn't come to play tonight. A lot of that has to do with how Cleveland State played, and they deserve to be complimented for that.
"We're in a bit of an offensive funk, and when you're in one of those, you've got to do a better job defensively. We weren't able to do that tonight, because of what Cleveland State brought to the table."
Cleveland State got on the scoreboard in the 16th minute (15:04), when Aaron Adkins received a ball from Aslinn Rodas at midfield, attacked the left box, and finished low post to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead. CSU took a 1-0 lead into halftime despite UIC holding a 9-2 advantage in the shots department during the opening 45 minutes of play.
The Vikings tallied the eventual game-winning goal less than five minutes (49:17) into the second half, when Admir Suljevic played a ball Rodas just outside the 18-yard box, and beat UIC goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski in a one-on-one situation.
Kaleta capitalized on an opportunistic chance in the 62nd minute (61:40), putting the ball in the back of the net after a ricocheted attack by Craig Krzyskowski. Cleveland State held off a flurry of offensive chances down the stretch to post the win.
UIC recorded a convincing 17-7 advantage in the shots department, and forced Cleveland State goalkeeper Brad Stuver to make 11 saves. Kikolski turned away two shots between the posts for UIC. Senior forward Eric Frazier attempted a match-high six saves for the Flames, while Josh Beard, Isai Lemus and Ivan Stanisavljevic each took two shots. Suljevic attempted a team-high four shots for the Vikings.
UIC will take a break from Horizon League play Sunday, when the Flames host Nebraska-Omaha under the lights of Flames Field beginning at 7 p.m. CST.