Soccer Overwhelms Wright State, Advances To Horizon League Semifinals|
Nov. 11, 2007
Chicago, Ill.- The UIC men's soccer team went ahead on Kevin Stoll's goal late in the first half and tacked on three more markers in the second period to defeat Wright State, 4-0, in a quarterfinal match of the 2007 Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship at Flames Field on Sunday night.
UIC (9-5-5) advances to face Milwaukee in the semifinals of the tournament this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola Soccer Park.
After missing nearly the last month due to a hamstring injury, Stoll made his return to the pitch a memorable one by scoring the go-ahead goal. The rookie played give-and-go with Matt Spiess in the center of the box, resulting in a fine opportunity for the streaking Stoll that resulted in his first collegiate score.
The Flames turned up the heat after intermission. Cesar Zambrano began the barrage in the 67th minute with a solid chip-shot goal created by Baggio Husidic's play-in to Robert Younger, who spun around and whipped a ball toward goal that served as an easy feed for Zambrano.
UIC's next two goals came courtesy of Pavle Dundjer. In the 80th minute Dundjer took advantage of a free kick facing goal with a laser that Raider keeper Tebias Mason was unable to corral. 83 seconds later Dundjer pilfered a Wright State pass in the penalty box and easily made good on a one-on-one chance against Mason.
"This is Pavle and Cesar's last hurrah, and we expect a heck of a lot out of them," said UIC head coach John Trask of his senior offensive sparkplugs. "They were waiting more than anyone for this time of the season, and they know what to do during this time of the year with the experience they had last year. The experience these guys had last year is going to pay dividends.
"It was great to see Kevin Stoll get a goal," said Trask. "He's been out a long time. You've got to remember that some of these young players that we've brought in, they've been in a lot of big games. I think you see that with the level of play between [Stoll] and Spiess, the two Chaminade guys.
"Kevin's goal is the thing that breaks it open," continued Trask. [Wright State] has to change at halftime, they start coming at us and then we're able to counter them more, and that's how we get the second, third, and fourth."
UIC has now won three in a row, all in shutout fashion.
Sunday's win marked the Flames' 10th clean sheet of the season.
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