Aug. 16, 2011
UIC Men's Soccer Weekly Release
FLAMES SET TO LIFT LID ON 2011 SEASON
The UIC men's soccer team will compete in a pair of exhibition contests this week, beginning with a visit to Lakeside Field in Charleston to take on Eastern Illinois on Thursday, August 18 (5 p.m.). The Flames will then host Lewis University in the exhibition finale at Flames Field Saturday (August 20) beginning at 7 p.m. CST.
NEW UNI'S, NEW FACES
When the UIC soccer team takes the field for the 2011 campaign, the Flames will be donned in brand-new uniforms. The look seems fitting, as many of the players on the field will also be new to Flames fans. Head coach Sean Phillips welcomes 11 newcomers to the roster this season, including nine natives of the state of Illinois.
SOLID GROUP OF RETURNERS
While the 11 newcomers will create competition for starting positions, the Flames do have a solid mix of experience and youth on the 2011 roster. UIC returns 13 letterwinners from the 2010 squad. Also set to return to the Flames' lineup are redshirt sophomores Josh Beard and Ned Pavlovic, who were forced to sit out the 2010 season due to injury. Beard was a member of the 2009 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.
AMONG THE LEAGUE'S BEST
Senior forward/midfielder Eric Frazier enters his final season in a UIC uniform in 2011, and will look to add to what was a breakout 2010 campaign. Frazier tallied 16 points, good for sixth overall in the Horizon League -- his six goals were also the seventh-best tally in the conference. Frazier finished the 2010 season as the team leader in assists (4), shots (39), shots on goal (20) and game-winning goals (3).
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPOSITION
Eastern Illinois ended the 2010 season with a 4-12-1 record, including a 1-5-1 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Panthers dropped a 1-0 decision versus DePaul in their exhibition opener last Sunday at Lakeside Field. UIC defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0 last season (10/27/10) at Flames Field -- Eric Frazier scored the game's lone goal in the 79th minute, lifting the Flames to their second-straight shutout win.
Lewis University went 10-6-1 last season, finishing in third-place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Flames defeated the Flyers 2-1 during the spring season, with Peter Hanula and Joe Radice each scoring goals.