Soccer Tames Titans, 3-1
Oct. 24, 2003
Chicago, Ill.- The 2003 season has been a campaign of streaks for the UIC men's soccer team.
The Flames' most recent streak was kept alive on Friday after a 3-1 victory over Horizon League rival Detroit at an overcast Flames Field extended UIC's latest unbeaten streak to six games.
King struck first in the 10th minute of the game. After Nate Day was tripped on a Detroit foul in the box, King took a penalty kick and launched it past Titan keeper Matt Strabbing for an early 1-0 lead.
King was back on the attack in the 29th minute, serving up an assist to Kelley for an easy score after a deflection created an empty net on the left side of the goal.
Detroit (7-7-1, 4-2-0 Horizon League) got on the board thanks to an unassisted goal by David Lepore. Lepore punched in a deflection off of UIC defender Jason Keiffer past Ross Cain to cut the lead in half, 2-1.
But UIC answered back. Derek Kosek gave the Flames some breathing room in the 79th minute, taking a ball unassisted and firing it past the keeper and into the right corner of the net for the third and final UIC score of the contest.
Cain was brilliant once again, saving nine of 11 shots on goal to earn his seventh victory of the season.
The Titans edged the Flames in attempts on goal, 11-8, but could not take advantage of prime scoring opportunities. Detroit's best chance, freshman Vahid Assadpour's laser shot from just within midfield in the early minutes of the second period, hit the right crossbar to come up inches short of a momentum-changing goal.
UIC is now 4-0-2 in their last six games after a four-game losing streak. The Flames began the season with a school-record five-game winning streak.
The Flames are back in action on Monday, October 27th for their Horizon League regular-season finale against Wright State at Flames Field for the last home contest of the 2003 campaign. Game time is at 2 p.m.