Soccer Faces No. 1 Indiana In Exhibition Finale This Saturday
Aug. 26, 2005
Chicago, Ill.- For the first time since 1977 the University of Illinois at Chicago men's soccer team faces the premier program in college soccer as the Flames travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on two-time defending national champion and consensus preseason No. 1 Indiana in the exhibition finale for both squads.
The preseason friendly begins at 7:30 p.m. Central at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
UIC comes into the contest on a high note, winning their preseason opener in a 4-0 romp over IUPUI at the Sixth Annual IPFW Soccer Showcase on August 20th. Sophomore Pavle Dundjer (Becmen, Belgrade/Zemunska Gimnazjia), an All-Horizon League First Teamer and the League's Newcomer of the Year as a freshman last season, scored five points on two goals and an assist against the Jaguars, while Cesar Zambrano (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) opened his collegiate career in style with a goal and an assist.
Senior Jed Schenkier (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township/Syracuse) knocked in a goal, while junior Tonci Skroce (Zadar, Croatia/IX Gimnasium/Kendall College) and senior Pawel Otachel (Franklin Park, Ill./East Leyden/IPFW) notched assists against IUPUI.
Indiana, a perennial power ranked as the top team in the adidas/National Soccer Coaches Association of America, College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer preseason polls, comes into Saturday's match following a 1-1 tie against No. 4/9 UCLA at the IPFW Soccer Showcase.
UIC and Indiana last clashed in 1977, when UIC was known as the University of Illinois at Chicago-Circle and still a Division II program. IU men's soccer was in its fourth season as a Division I varsity program at the time. Indiana holds a 3-0-0 all-time mark against UIC.
Saturday's match between UIC and Indiana marks the return of first-year UIC head coach John Trask and his staff to Bloomington. Trask served as an assistant coach for nine seasons along with current IU head coach Mike Freitag under the legendary Jerry Yeagley, helping build a college soccer dynasty that captured eight Big Ten titles and two national championships during Trask's tenure from 1991 through 1999.
Trask was also a four-year letterwinner who played midfield for the Hoosiers from 1984-1987.
Other former Hoosiers on Trask's staff at UIC include Sean Phillips, a goalkeeper for the Hoosiers from 1991-1994 who was an assistant coach there for four years, including last year's national title run, and Phil Presser, who played from 1999-2002 and was an undergraduate assistant during the 2003 national championship season. Three-time All-American and current Chicago Storm player Lazo Alavanja, a Hoosier from 1995-1998, is also on the staff as a volunteer assistant.
Following the match against Indiana, the Flames prepare to open the regular season at the UC Irvine College Classic against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Sept. 3rd at 7 p.m. Central/5 p.m. Pacific in Irvine, Calif.