Soccer Wins Third Straight With 3-1 Triumph Over Northwestern
Oct. 16, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's soccer team ran its winning streak to three on Wednesday afternoon with a 3-1 win over visiting Northwestern at Flames Field.
UIC, behind a goal and an assist from rookie Sinisa Ubiparipovic, tallied a trio of first-half goals, which proved to be all the Flames would need.
"We played like pros in the first half," UIC Head Coach Sasha Begovic said after the game. "The second half was awful. We told them we needed to play two halves and we didn't do that today."
In the first half, junior Dennis King got things going for the Flames in the 14th-minute, heading in a corner kick from Bruno Rasich past Northwestern keeper J.D. Martin for the early 1-0 lead. It was King's sixth goal of the year and Rasich's third assist.
Five minutes later freshman Sinisa Ubiparipovic made it 2-0 UIC, taking a pass from sophomore Patrick Grange and rifling a low liner into the bottom left corner of the goal. It was Ubiparipovic's third goal of the season while Grange tallied his second assist.
Freshman Roberto Gallo capped the Flames' stellar first-half, scoring in the 34th-minute when he headed in a long cross from Ubiparipovic for his first career goal.
The second half was controlled mainly by Northwestern with the Wildcats getting on the scoreboard in the 79th-minute when Justin Lesch headed in a long pass into the box by Steve Jedlinski off a free kick from near midfield.
Rookie Ross Cain would tally all four of his saves on the day in the second half, though, to keep Northwestern at bay, earning his sixth win of the season.
With the win, UIC evens its record at 6-6-2 on the year while Northwestern drops to 5-8-0.
The Flames will be back in action on Sunday as they travel to Dayton, Ohio for a key Horizon League match-up with Wright State at 1:00 p.m.