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    April 16, 2012

    CHICAGO - The UIC men's soccer team battled Marquette to a 1-1 draw through the opening 90 minutes at Toyota Park's Practice Field last Saturday, but eventually fell short in a penalty kick tiebreaker, 5-4.

    Marquette scored early in the first half off a second ball ball that resulted when Piotr Kikolski could not hold a cross in traffic. Former UIC standout Eric Frazier, who was playing due to injuries to returning players, then scored a brilliant long distance goal to the back post after receiving a long pass from Josh Beard.

    "This performance showed continued improvement individually and collectively on both sides of the ball," said head coach Sean Phillips. "Defensively, we continued to show improvement by allowing less chances from the run of play than we had in the previous two games. While we got better on the run of play defensively, we need to work to clean up our set piece defending.

    "Piotr (Kikolski) dropped a ball he should have held and we were not quick enough to pounce on the free ball allowing Marquette their goal. Offensively, we looked much improved during the first half especially. Over the next two games we hope to have the offensive performance stretch over 90 minutes and be a bit more ruthless on the final play to we do not get beat by the crossbar or just miss wide as well as take more advantage of our attacking set pieces."

    "We are looking forward to the opportunity to play against the Illinois State Select Team on Monday night. This game against the top amateur players from the Chicagoland area is always a great test for our players and should prepare us well for our final competition on Saturday, the third annual Chicago Cup."

    UIC defeated Marquette in the 2011 season opener at Flames Field, behind goals from Ned Pavlovic and Joe Radice.

     

     

    The Chicago Cup will get underway from Lakeside Field in Evanston on Saturday (April 21) beginning at 3:30 p.m., when Northwestern and DePaul go head-to-head. UIC will take on crosstown rival Loyola at 4:45 p.m., and will play in either the ensuing consolation or championship game.