Soccer Clinches First-Round Home Game In Horizon League Tournament With Win

Rookie Sinisa Ubiparipovic had a goal and two assists on Tuesday versus UW-Green Bay.
Rookie Sinisa Ubiparipovic had a goal and two assists on Tuesday versus UW-Green Bay.

Oct. 29, 2002

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's soccer team clinched a first-round home game in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament with a convincing 3-0 shutout of visiting UW-Green Bay on Tuesday afternoon at Flames Field.

On a day when the Flames (8-7-2) honored three great seniors - Joe Morelli, Bruno Rasich and Jake Stasko - the team gave them a great gift, in at least one more game on their home turf.

That Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal game will take place on Saturday, November 9, versus either Wright State or Detroit.

UIC will now finish no worse than fourth in the Horizon League with a 4-2-1 record. They could move up to third if regular-season champion UW-Milwaukee takes out Butler on Friday.

"Everybody wanted to win so badly," UIC Head Coach Sasha Begovic said after the game. "It was a super job by a great bunch of guys."

Freshman Sinisa Ubiparipovic highlighted UIC's triumph with a goal and two assists while junior Dennis King chipped in with a goal and an assist. Morelli made his 'Senior Day' a memorable one with a goal in the 33rd-minute.

The Flames dominated the contest from the opening kick, outshooting the Phoenix (3-13-0, 1-6-0) 15-1 in the first half, and 27-2 for the game.

King got UIC on the board in the 7th-minute, set up by nifty passes from Jake Stasko and Ubiparipovic. It was King's team-best ninth goal of the year.

Morelli's goal, which was set up on a nice give-and-go from Ubiparipovic, in the 33rd-minute gave the Flames a 2-0 lead heading into intermission. Morelli now has a career-best seven goals on the season.



After setting up the first two goals, Ubiparipovic finally got one for himself in the 51st-minute, capping the scoring on the day for UIC.

Freshman Ross Cain and Chad Goldenberg combined on the shutout for the Flames, needing to make just one save to accomplish the feat. Pat Czuprynski made 11 saves in a losing effort for UW-Green Bay.

UIC will play one more regular-season game this season, traveling to Raliegh, N.C., to take on North Carolina State on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match-up.