Galounis' Game-Winner Leads to College Sports Madness POW Honors

Phil Galounis
Phil Galounis

Sept. 17, 2012

CHICAGO - Junior midfielder Phil Galounis, who scored UIC's game-winning goal in a 1-0 shutout over Western Illinois Sunday, has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. It marked Galounis' first-career goal, and helped the Flames remain unbeaten in the UIC Soccer Classic over the past two seasons.

Galounis' (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) game-winner came at the 21:14 mark of the first half. Alexios Fronimos played a ball back to a trailing Galounis, who pulled up from about 28 yards out, and finished to the far post after the ball ricocheted off the left post and found the back of the net.

"Phil came up with a great goal to start his collegiate scoring career," said head coach Sean Phillips. "More importantly, he helped our team hold onto the result as the game wore on, especially down the stretch in the second half."

Exactly one week prior (Sept. 9), Galounis had a similar shot against FIU, the fifth-ranked team in the NSCAA's South Region. He struck the ball from nearly the same spot on the field, but saw the shot ricochet off both cross bars before bouncing back into the field of play. The Flames fell short in the contest, 2-1.

"It was nice to see Galounis get that chance," said Phillips at the end of Sunday's game. "He had the same shot against FIU last week, and the ball hit the inside of both posts and bounced out. Today, the ball hitting the post and going in marked a little bit of deserved luck for Phil and our team."

Galounis has started a combined 29 games in the past three seasons. He has become more involved in the offense this season, attempting nine shots, third-most on the team. UIC will be idle until Saturday night, when the Flames travel to Dayton, Ohio, to take on Horizon League preseason favorite Wright State.