Soccer Bests UW-Green Bay, 2-1
Oct. 19, 2003
Green Bay, Wis.- In a match to determine the last winless team in Horizon League play, the UIC men's soccer team finally cracked the win column in the conference standings by besting UW-Green Bay, 2-1, at Phoenix Field on Sunday.
Senior Pete Kelley came through in the clutch for the second straight game for the Flames (7-4-2, 1-2-2 Horizon League) with two goals, including the game-winner, to help UIC defeat the Phoenix (2-9-1, 0-4-0 Horizon League) and notch the team's first win in five league contests.
Kelley started the scoring in the 16th minute with a driving shot from the left side of the field that zoomed past Phoenix keeper Pat Czuprynski and gave the Flames an early 1-0 lead. Dennis King assisted on the goal for his team-leading 19th point of the year.
The Phoenix answered back in the 24th minute. Sophomore Lee Kuepper headed a cross from Brandon Steenlage past UIC keeper Ross Cain to tie the score. The goal ended UW-Green Bay's three-game scoreless streak.
In the second half, Kelley saved the Flames again. The St. Charles native took a pass from Nate Day and scored from 15 yards out in the 54th minute to put UIC ahead for good. Kelley now has six goals on the season.
It was the second consecutive game that Kelley scored the last goal for the Flames. The senior forward scored a second-half goal against first-place UW-Milwaukee to help UIC salvage a 2-2 tie and end the Panthers' three-season Horizon League winning streak at 19 games.
The UIC men's soccer team will be back in action this Tuesday, October 21, for a road game against the Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston, Ill. Game time is 3 p.m.