Flames Defeat Division II Power Lewis University in Spring Finale, 2-1
April 22, 2011
CHICAGO - Peter Hanula and Joe Radice each scored goals, leading the UIC men's soccer team to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Lewis University in the Flames' spring season finale at Flames Field Thursday evening.
Lewis scored on a counter attack goal in the 11th minute, but Hanula tied the game late in the first half, capitalizing on a cross from Radice. UIC came out strong in the second half dominating possession and chances on goal. Radice, off a pass from Moriba Diallo, was able to slice through a few Lewis defenders and goalkeeper to put the game away in the 88th minute.
Head coach Sean Phillips was encouraged by the improvement of Hanula, Radice and Diallo, three of the young players that will play vital roles for the Flames next fall.
""Peter Hanula's energy and play earned him a great goal and set the tone for the entire game," said head coach Sean Phillips. "It was also great to see Joe Radice, who will be expected to be a difference make this fall, play through his nagging injuries and make a difference not only on the two goals but throughout the entire game on both sides of the ball. Moriba Diallo, in his second weekend as a frontrunner, showed some very positive attributes at which we will have to seriously look for the fall."
Overall, Phillips was pleased with what he saw out of his team in the spring, which included five games against all non-conference foes, including Big East opponents DePaul and Marquette. Lewis, who has established itself as one of the powers in Division II, is the defending Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular season champion.
"While we still have some deficiencies to correct, the energy and intelligence from this performance is definitely a great base from which we can build looking into the fall," Phillips said.