Men's Soccer Comes up Short at Cleveland State, 1-0

Isai Lemus
Isai Lemus

Oct. 27, 2012

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The UIC men's soccer team out-shot host Cleveland State 9-3 on Saturday night, but the Vikings scored the game's lone goal in the 55th minute, leading to a 1-0 win over the Flames in a Horizon League match at Krenzler Field.

With the setback, UIC moved to 7-6-2 on the season, with a 3-2-1 Horizon League mark. Cleveland State upped its record to 9-5-2 and 4-1-1.

"It is always tough to get a result against Cleveland State, especially at Krenzler Field," said head coach Sean Phillips. "Tonight, while not our best performance, I felt we did enough to put ourselves in a position to win the game by limiting the number of high quality chances with some good defending. However, Cleveland State did a great job of disrupting our attack and not allowing our attacking players to create the high quality opportunities from the run of play; and set pieces that have defined our success the last few weeks.

"As difficult of a loss as this one, we must start looking forward to Detroit, our final regular season opponent, who has been in especially good form in Horizon League play this year."

UIC out-shot the Vikings 4-1 in the first half, controlling the run of play for much of the opening 45:00. Cleveland State scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 54:01 mark of the second half, when Aslinn Rodas capitalized on a ball that was played into the 18-yard box by Cameron Eisses.

Slobodan Aleksov, Isai Lemus and Ned Pavlovic each attempted two shots for UIC, while Ivan Stanisavljevic, Jesus Torres and Jorge Alvarez all took one shot. UIC held a 4-2 advantage on corner kicks, including a 2-0 edge in the second half.

UIC will play its regular season Horizon League finale next Friday (Nov. 2), when the Flames host first-place Detroit at Flames Field. The Titans defeated Loyola 2-1 on Saturday, and sit alone atop the Horizon League standings heading into the final week of the season.