Soccer Falls At Bradley, 4-1
Nov. 1, 2005
Peoria, Ill.- The UIC soccer team had their eight-match unbeaten streak snapped on Tuesday night, losing 4-1 to Bradley at Shea Stadium in the regular season finale.
The non-conference loss also ended a season-best four-game winning streak for the Flames (10-4-2), who now look forward to starting a new string of wins beginning with the Horizon League Championship quarterfinals against UW-Green Bay this Saturday.
UIC fell behind early as Bradley senior Joe Ducci converted a penalty kick in the 22nd minute and scored again off a volley nine minutes later.
A collision between Bradley goalkeeper Chris Dunsheath and Tonci Skroce early in the 72nd minute resulted in a foul on Dunsheath in the box, giving Pavle Dundjer a penalty kick opportunity. Dundjer easily converted for his seventh goal of the year to cut the deficit to a goal.
But the Braves (12-4-1) received two insurance goals late in the second period to secure the victory.
Despite the loss, UIC Head Coach John Trask was upbeat about his team's play while giving credit where credit was due.
"First of all, compliments to Bradley," said Trask. "They are a well-disciplined, well-organized, talented team. When you play a team so senior-dominated like they are, with 11 or 12 senior players, they play every game like it's their last game."
"In saying that, we played some good soccer tonight," said Trask. "We had some opportunities that were near-misses, and they just got us in the counter. We are who we are. We are a talented group, but we're a young group."
"It will be interesting to see how this young group of players responds," Trask said. "They rattle off eight wins in a row, then have the streak snapped tonight. Do we become stronger as a result? Or does it become a chink in the armor? We'll see what happens."
UIC kept the pressure on the Braves, outshooting the home team 14-13
Jeff Engelbrecht made four saves, including two spectacular stops late, in goal for the Flames in his return to his hometown.
Third-seeded UIC opens the Horizon League Tournament with a quarterfinal contest against sixth-seeded UW-Green Bay this Saturday, Nov. 5th at Flames Field. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. Central.