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    July 13, 2004

    Chicago, Ill.- The 2004 soccer season is just around the corner, and the University of Illinois at Chicago soccer team looks poised for an action-packed campaign as the program unveiled the 2004 schedule to the public today.

    Head Coach Sasha Begovic and Co. open the slate on September 3rd against Denver at the University of Denver Tournament. The Flames' first home contest will be held September 15th against city rival DePaul at Flames Field beginning at 3 p.m.

    Highlighting the home schedule is a four-match midseason homestand that starts against defending Horizon League Champion UW-Milwaukee on October 10th and sees tough non-conference foes UMKC and Memphis travel to Flames Field. The homestand concludes on October 24th with a match against UW-Green Bay.

    The Flames will also host Cleveland State on September 26th and Northwestern on November 3rd.

    After the Denver Tournament, the team will make non-conference road trips to Wilmington, N.C. for the Seahawk Soccer Classic; DeKalb, Ill. to battle Northern Illinois; Milwaukee, Wis. to take on Marquette; and Huntington, W.V. to take on Marshall. UIC will square off against Detroit, Loyola, Butler and Wright State in league road games.

    UIC will be sporting a very different squad than the group that went 10-7-2 last season, the seventh straight campaign with double-digit victories. Only three seniors and one junior return to a team that lost ten letterwinners, including 2003 All-Horizon League First Team honoree Dennis King, who amassed career totals of 37 goals and 94 points that rank second all-time in UIC history.

    The Flames will be led by 2004 captain Adam Jones and senior Ryan Singer, defensive stalwarts who have helped shutout nine opponents while holding 20 teams to a goal or less over the past two seasons.

    UIC also returns third-year goalkeeper Ross Cain, who ranked 14th in the country in saves with a league-leading 97 stops. Competing for time with Cain between the posts will be second-year standout Roman Tulis and highly-touted redshirt freshman Jeff Engelbrecht.

    Offensively, the Flames will look for firepower from its young guns. Returnees Eric Cervantes, Derek Kosek, Samuel Reindl and Brody Simkins join an incoming corps of talented freshmen and transfers to provide scoring for the season.

    For the complete 2004 UIC soccer schedule, click on the Schedule link at the top of the page. Keep checking for more information on the Flames and the upcoming soccer campaign as the season gets closer.