UIC Soccer Announces 2012 Schedule
June 28, 2012
CHICAGO - UIC head men's soccer coach Sean Phillipsannounced the make-up of the Flames' 2012 schedule Thursday, a slate that features seven home matches, including the hosting of the annual UIC Soccer Classic, and a complete home-and-away Horizon League schedule that begins in late September.
Prior to lifting the lid on the regular season, UIC will play a pair of challenging exhibition matches, traveling to Indiana on Aug. 14, and hosting Lewis University on Saturday, Aug. 18. The Hoosiers finished the 2011 campaign ranked No. 10 in the country, posting a 13-4-5 overall record.
"The 2012 schedule will again challenge us from the beginning of preseason with a game at Indiana," said Phillips. "This is what the players who play here expect. It's important to be playing your best soccer when Horizon League play begins, and we feel like we've put together another non-conference schedule that will have us ready to go when Horizon League play starts at the end of September."
UIC will open the regular season with three-straight road games versus BCS Conference foes, beginning with a cross-town match-up at DePaul on Friday, Aug. 24. The Flames defeated the Blue Demons, 2-0 at Toyota Park last season. Two days later (Sunday, Aug. 26), UIC will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State, who finished tied for second in the final Big Ten Conference standings last season.
On Friday, Aug. 31, the Flames will travel to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on Marquette at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles, who UIC defeated (2-1) in the season opener last August, are the BIG EAST "Blue Division" defending champions.
The 2012 home opener will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, when Georgetown pays a visit to Flames Field - the Hoyas went 10-5-4 (5-3-1 BIG EAST) last season, earning the No. 6 seed in the postseason BIG EAST Tournament. The Flames will wrap up the weekend by hosting Florida International on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The home schedule will resume the following weekend, when the Flames host the second annual UIC Soccer Classic presented by the Chicago South Loop Hotel - the tournament's field will feature UIC, Wisconsin, Western Illinois and IUPUI. The Flames will take on IUPUI under the lights (7:30 p.m.) of Flames Field on Friday, Sept. 14, followed by a match-up with Western Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 16. UIC captured the UIC Soccer Classic team title last year.
"We are also looking forward to the second annual UIC Soccer Classic," Phillips said. "We would like to again thank the Chicago South Loop Hotel for partnering with us. This partnership has allowed us to have rising Big Ten power Wisconsin and Coach John Trask in the field, along with Western Illinois and IUPUI, which will be two very solid teams in our region this fall."
UIC will open Horizon League play on Saturday, Sept. 22, when the Flames travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on Wright State. Four days later (Wednesday, Sept. 26), UIC will hit the road to face SIU-Edwardsville in a mid-week showdown. On Saturday, Sept. 29, UIC will entertain defending regular season Horizon League champion Valparaiso at Flames Field.
Four-of UIC's five matches during the month of October will take place on the road. The Flames will travel to Milwaukee on Saturday, October 6, before playing their final mid-week contest against cross-town rival Loyola at Flames Field on Wednesday, October 10.
UIC will be idle from Horizon League competition on Saturday, Oct. 13, instead traveling to Des Moines, Iowa to take on Drake in the non-conference finale. The Flames defeated the Bulldogs, 3-2 to clinch the UIC Soccer Classic Championship at Flames Field last season. UIC will complete the month of October by traveling to Green Bay (Saturday, Oct. 20) and Cleveland State (Saturday, Oct. 27) in Horizon League action.
UIC will wrap up the Horizon League regular season by hosting Detroit under the lights of Flames Field on Friday, November 2. The postseason Horizon League Championship will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with the quarterfinals, to be held at the higher seed's home site. The semifinal round and championship games will be played on Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, respectively, and the regular season champion will be the host.