Flames Set to Host Annual UIC Soccer Classic this Weekend
Sept. 13, 2012
CHICAGO - Flames Field, home of the UIC men's soccer program, will take center stage as the host site for the UIC Soccer Classic presented by the Chicago South Loop Hotel this weekend. The field for the second annual event will include UIC, IUPUI, Western Illinois and Wisconsin, with doubleheaders scheduled for both Friday night and Sunday afternoon.
The action gets underway from Flames Field Friday at 5 p.m., when Wisconsin hosts Western Illinois. UIC and IUPUI are scheduled to kick-off at 7:30 p.m., or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the match between the Badgers and Leathernecks. Sunday's schedule will pit Wisconsin against IUPUI at 11 a.m., followed by UIC vs. Western Illinois at 2 p.m.
Lucky's Sandwich Co. will host its annual Eating Contest before the start of the UIC-IUPUI game. Free food will also be available for UIC students while supplies last. UIC students interested in participating in the eating contest will need to sign up for the event at the ticket tables outside the UIC Baseball stadium by 6:30 p.m.
UIC (1-4-0) is coming off a pair of tough overtime losses versus No. 12 Georgetown (Sept. 7) and FIU (Sept. 9), one of the top-ranked teams in the NSCAA South Region. The Flames jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Georgetown, before the Hoyas scored two goals in the second half, and secured the win with the game-winner less than two minutes into overtime.
Last Sunday, the Flames led 1-0 after a goal by junior forward Ned Pavlovic, but FIU tallied the equalizer in the 57th minute, and scored the game-winner just over six minutes into the extra session. Pavlovic and senior midfielder Ivan Stanisavljevic have each scored a team-high two goals for UIC this season - junior goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski has started all five games as the Flames' net minder.
IUPUI is 2-5-0 on the season, and is coming off a 3-0 loss at Wright State Tuesday night. The Jaguars are being led in scoring by senior midfielder Kyle Hyland, who has scored four goals on the season. Junior forward Ian Block has also chipped in two goals. Freshman Eduardo Cortes has started six-of IUPUI's matches in goal.
Western Illinois is 2-3-0 on the season - the Leathernecks are coming off a 3-0 defeat at Marquette on Sept. 8. WIU's two wins have come against Depaul (8/29/12) and defending Horizon League regular season champion Valparaiso (9/2/12). Freshman frontrunner Austin Gochneaur has scored a team-high two goals, while Mario Alvarez has tallied one. The Leathernecks' primary net minder is sophomore Yves Dietrich, who has started all five games, and posted a 1.20 goals-against-average.
Wisconsin is 1-2-2 on the season, having hosted the same opponents (Georgetown and FIU) that UIC entertained last weekend. The Badgers dropped a 3-1 decision versus FIU, and settled for a 1-1 draw against the Hoyas. UW, who is coached by former UIC mentor John Trask, has enjoyed a balanced scoring attack - eight players have scored at least one goal, led by Chris Prince's two scores. The Badgers' primary goalkeeper is freshman Chase Rau, who has started five-of-six matches.
Tickets for the UIC Soccer Classic will cost $10 per day, or $5 for groups. All-sport passes will be honored, and UIC students will be admitted for free to the Flames' matches with a valid school ID.