Soccer Ties UW-Milwaukee, 2-2
Oct. 16, 2003
Milwaukee, Wis.- The ever-elusive first win in Horizon League play continued to evade the UIC men's soccer team after a 2-2 double-overtime draw with UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon at Engelmann Field.
The Flames (6-4-2, 0-2-2 Horizon League) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to tie the score in the 67th minute and prevent the Panthers (10-4-1, 4-0-1 Horizon League) from winning their fifth straight game this season and their 20th straight regular season contest dating back to 2001.
The game could not be resolved after two overtime periods. Each team took three unsuccessful shots during the extra time. Goalkeeper Ross Cain turned in a huge performance, recovering from early goals in each regulation period to finish with seven saves, including two in the first overtime, to avert a second straight tie for the Flames.
The Panthers struck first in the 11th minute of the game. Bobby Lish beat Cain with a free kick at the top of the penalty box to give UW-Milwaukee the early 1-0 lead.
UIC answered back with a converted penalty kick from senior Dennis King in the 15th minute. The goal was King's ninth of the year, giving him 18 points for the season.
Freshman Steve Sperl put the Panthers back on top in the 52nd minute, knocking in a sideline cross from Cliff Ellsworth past Cain, before Kelley capped the scoring 16 minutes later.
The Flames held 2002 Horizon League Player of the Year Antou Jallow in check, holding him to just three shots. The junior standout could only manufacture one attempt on goal.
UIC is back in action on Sunday, October 19th against Horizon League foe UW-Green Bay at Phoenix Field in Green Bay, Wis. Game time is at noon.