No. 14 Men's Soccer Loses At Michigan State, 3-1
Oct. 15, 2008
East Lansing, Mich.- Two second-half goals by Michigan State's Doug DeMartin were the difference in the 14th-ranked UIC men's soccer team's 3-1 road loss to the Spartans on Wednesday afternoon.
The defeat was just the second of the season for the Flames (8-2-4) and marked only the second time since 2005 that UIC has allowed three goals to an opponent.
The Spartans (7-5) took the early lead when David Hertel dribbled through the Flames' defense and sent a ball over goalkeeper Jovan Bubonja's reach in the ninth minute.
UIC had an opportunity to tie the match just 17 seconds later after the Flames were awarded a penalty kick. But Baggio Husidic's attempt was stopped by MSU keeper Avery Steinlage to preserve the Spartan lead.
The Flames would get another try at a PK in the 30th minute. This time Charlie Trout did the honors, converting for his fifth goal of the season.
The score remained 1-1 until the 66th minute, when DeMartin knocked in a rebound shot to break the deadlock.
Nine minutes later it was DeMartin who struck again, this time gathering a long ball sent by Hertel and beating the defense for a back-breaking marker.
UIC returns home to host Green Bay in a crucial Horizon League clash this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. on the Flames Field pitch.