Two Second Period Goals Lead Soccer Past UW-Green Bay, 3-1|
Oct. 24, 2004
Chicago, Ill.- The University of Illinois at Chicago soccer team used two unanswered goals in the second period to down Horizon League rival UW-Green Bay, 3-1, at Flames Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Flames (4-9-2, 3-2-1 Horizon League) increased its chances of hosting a Horizon League Tournament contest by knocking off the Phoenix (5-8-2, 2-3-1 Horizon League) in a tense and physical battle that helped UIC leap to sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.
Kenneth Nightingale fought through a crowd in front of the UW-Green Bay goal and converted a pass from Sam Reindl through a scrum of players in the 61st minute to put the Flames ahead 2-1, and Stipan Vedric put the nail in the coffin with a bending free kick goal in the 78th minute.
UIC got on the board first, thanks to a rapid-fire goal by Derek Kosek in the ninth minute. Nightingale and Pavle Dundjer dribbled past Phoenix defenders to find Kosek open a few yards from the top of the penalty box, and Kosek wound up the leg and released a shot that diving UW-Green Bay goalkeeper Pat Czuprynski was unable to corral.
The Phoenix got even nine minutes later. Brandon Steenlage had a good look at the top of the box, but Jeff Engelbrecht made a nice sliding block. The rebound off Engelbrecht's stop found the foot of Joshua Okoampa, who put the ball in the empty net to knot the match.
The Flames had numerous chances to break the game open. Sam Reindl found a streaking Eric Cervantes two minutes after the Flames' first goal and launched a long pass to the forward, but Cervantes' sliding shot scooted just past the left post.
Early in the second period the Flames were again on the attack, as Pawel Otachel made a solid cross to Cervantes, who made another beautiful slide toward an open right side of the goal to tap the pass into the net but just missed.
It didn't matter, though, as UIC received Nightingale's nifty goal and Vedric's curving conversion en route to the win.
Engelbrecht was strong in 90 minutes between the posts, tabbing seven saves.
The physical contest ended with two yellow cards, a red card and some post-match jawing before UIC head coach Sasha Begovic and UW-Green Bay head man Tom Poitras got things under control.
The Flames ended their four-game homestand with a 2-1-1 record.
UIC will go on a two-game road trip, the team's final road swing of the regular season, beginning with a non-conference date against Marshall in Huntington, W.V. this Friday at 6:00 p.m.