Men's Soccer Picks up Road Win at Drake, 3-1
Oct. 13, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa- The UIC men's soccer team used a balanced second-half scoring attack to record a convincing 3-1 win over Drake in the Flames' non-conference finale at the Cownie Soccer Complex Saturday night. The Flames have scored a combined six goals in their past two games.
With the win, UIC improved to 6-5-2 on the season. Drake dropped to 4-8-3. The victory marked UIC's third road triumph of the season. The score was tied 0-0 at halftime, before UIC's offense exploded for three goals in the second stanza, one each from veterans Zach Kaleta, Slobodan Aleksov and Ivan Stanisavljevic.
"We knew tonight's game was going to be a challenge coming off Wednesday's game against Loyola - we expended a lot of energy to get that result," said head coach Sean Phillips. "I thought Drake controlled the run of play for the first 20-25 minutes, but our defense did a nice job during that stretch. Once we got our legs under us, I thought we started to control the game. What was nice about this match was that we had a lot of solid contributions off the bench."
UIC dominated the game statistically, recording an 18-8 advantage in the shots department. That included a 7-1 edge in the first half, which ended with the score tied, 0-0.
Kaleta scored his second goal of the season just 1:20 into the second frame (46:20), putting the ball in the back of the net following a set piece - Stanisavljevic was credited with the assist. Drake answered with the equalizer (1-1) just over five minutes later (51:45), when leading scorer Michael Thaden converted a penalty kick.
Aleksov scored his second game-winning goal in as many matches in the 75th minute (74:43), converting a strike from the top of the 18-yard box following a scrum. The goal went into the books unassisted. Stanisavljevic then put the game out of reach in the 85th minute (84:58), fielding a touch pass from sophomore Jesus Torresnear the top of the box, and converting the finish. It represented Stanisavljevic's sixth goal of the season, and Torres' second assist in as many games.
"For Slobodan to tally his second game-winner of the week; it says a lot about that kid," Phillips said. "He started early in the year; and after not playing a lot of minutes, has battled back and gotten back to form."
UIC goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski, making his second-straight start, made two saves, while Drake net minder Rich Gallagher was forced to make eight stops. Along with the decisive advantage in shots, UIC also posted a 6-4 advantage on corner kicks.
UIC will jump back into Horizon League play next Saturday (Oct. 20), when the Flames travel to Green Bay. The Phoenix dropped a 1-0 decision at Loyola Saturday night.