Men's Soccer Upends Green Bay, 2-0
Oct. 21, 2012
Jorge Alvarez scored his first-career goal, and senior Ivan Stanisavljevic scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season, leading the UIC men's soccer team to a convincing 2-0 win over host Green Bay in a Horizon League match Saturday night. The win marked UIC's first victory over the Phoenix in Green Bay since 2005.
With the win, UIC improved to 7-5-2 on the season, with a 3-1-1 Horizon League mark. Green Bay dropped to 2-10-3 (0-4-2 Horizon). Piotr Kikolski played all 90 minutes, preserving his third shutout of the season.
"This has always been a difficult place to get a result and tonight was not any different," said head coach Sean Phillips. "Green Bay made it very difficult, especially in the first half, for us to play a complete 90 minutes. While I felt the goal we had was very deserved in the first half, we were fortunate not to concede in that half.
"The second half saw a more disciplined defensive performance that led to more of the ball in our attacking third. While we created a few high quality chances, the only reward was when Isai (Lemus) found Ivan (Stanisavljevic) for one of his patented strikes from distance. Not only did this more disciplined defending lead to more of the ball in the attacking third, but it earned us our fifth clean sheet."
Alvarez scored the eventual game-winner in the 35th minute (34:27) after helping create a corner kick that Stanisavljevic served to Ned Pavlovic at the near post -- he slipped the ball to Alvarez, who finished to the back post. The game remained scoreless for the remainder of the first half, as UIC owned a 6-5 advantage on shots in the opening 45:00.
Stanisavljevic added his second goal in as many games in the 71st minute (70:36), scoring from about 45 yards out after being set-up by fellow senior Isai Lemus. Stanisavljevic (19) enters the final two games of the Horizon League slate trailing only Detroit's Adam Bedell (21) in total points.
Kikolski made two saves, while Green Bay goalkeeper Ryan Wehking made one stop. The Flames converted two-of their three shots-on-goal. UIC held a 13-10 advantage in the shots department, and attempted six corner kicks. There were a combined 21 fouls called in the match.
UIC will play its regular season Horizon League road finale next Saturday (Oct. 27), when the Flames travel to Cleveland State.