Wright State Ousts Soccer In Horizon League Quarterfinal, 1-0 (2OT)|
Nov. 8, 2003
Chicago, Ill.- In a game that resembled their October 27th meeting in nearly every way except the outcome, Wright State defeated the UIC men's soccer team, 1-0, in a double-overtime Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal heartbreaker at Flames Field on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Jon McClain scored the unassisted golden goal from 25 yards out in the 104th minute to help the Raiders (10-9-0) eliminate the Flames from the tournament and advance to face #1 seed UW-Milwaukee in the league semifinals on November 14th.
UIC (10-7-2) had numerous opportunities to get on the board but missed by mere inches each time. The Flames opened the game with three shots in the first 90 seconds of play, including two against goal that were saved by Raiders keeper Jason Balach.
Senior Dennis King led the Flames in his final contest in a UIC uniform with seven shots, many of which just missed the net. King's laser shot from the right side in the 24th minute bounced off the right post, while his header right in front of the goal sailed wide left in the 43rd minute. King also took two shots in the final minute of regulation but could not convert.
Sophomore keeper Ross Cain was strong throughout, nabbing four saves, but could not get a hand on McClain's game-winner.
The game was the second time the two teams have met in the last two weeks. On October 27th UIC defeated the Raiders, 2-1, in double-overtime on Eric Cervantes' goal in the 104th minute.
Saturday's game marked the first time that the Flames have been eliminated in the Horizon League quarterfinals in school history. UIC is now 6-1 all-time in the league quarterfinals. The loss also left the Flames 0-2 against Wright State in the league tournament, with UIC having lost to the Raiders in the 1998 semifinals on penalty kicks, 5-4, after a 0-0 double-overtime draw.
The loss marked only the second time the Flames were defeated at home in 2003. Their only other defeat at Flames Field was a 2-0 loss to Loyola on September 17th.