Men's Soccer Hosts Saint Louis in Exhibition Action

Thomas Villamil
Thomas Villamil
Aug. 19, 2014

CHICAGO – The UIC men’s soccer team will compete in its second exhibition match of the season on Wednesday when it hosts Saint Louis, the 2013 Atlantic 10 regular season champion. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT at Flames Field.

The Flames are back in action after suffering a 1-0 loss at Wisconsin to open exhibition play on Aug. 17. Of UIC’s 25-man roster, 20 Flames saw action in the contest that consisted of three 30-minute periods.

UIC was credited with four shots on goal from Manny Chavez, Thomas Villamil, Joel Salmeron and Roberto Torres all in the first period. The Badgers scored the lone goal of the game in the 29th minute on an assisted goal by Tom Barlow.

Saint Louis, who received votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Pre-Season Rankings, enters into competition following a 0-0 draw at home against Notre Dame, which was called with 27:37 left to play due to lightning. The Billikens outshot the Irish 10-3, with three reaching on goal, and held the advantage in corner kicks with a 6-2 margin.

Saint Louis is coming off of a 2013 season that resulted in the A-10 regular season title and a record of 14-5-2, 6-0-2 in conference. The Billikens return five 2013 A-10 All-Conference members, including 2012, 2013 third-team All-American Robert Kristo. Kristo, a forward, and defender Anthony Manning were named to the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.

Wednesday’s match will be the first meeting between UIC and Saint Louis since the 2007 season, when they met in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and the Flames advanced off penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie.

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