Men's Soccer Hits the Road to Face Dayton Friday
Sept. 22, 2011
CHICAGO -The first-place UIC men's soccer team will look to capture its third-straight non-conference win Friday, when the Flames travel to Baujan Field in Dayton, Ohio, to take on the Dayton Flyers beginning at 7 p.m. CST.
"Winning last weekend's tournament was a good challenge met by our team," said head coach Sean Phillips. "Now, we've got two more chances to prepare for the stretch run of the season, the Horizon League portion of our schedule. Over the last several years, Dayton has been one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10. When we hosted them in the NCAA Tournament back in 2008, they proved themselves to be a top regional team. Friday's match will be a very good challenge for us on the road."
The Flames (4-1-2) are coming off last Sunday's 3-2, double-overtime win over Drake, which clinched the UIC Soccer Classic team title. UIC also posted a 3-2 win in extra time over SIU-Edwardsville two days earlier (Sept. 16) to open the tournament.
Ivan Stanisavljevic was UIC's offensive catalyst last weekend, scoring a combined 10 points, including four goals that were bolstered by a hat-trick against Drake. For his performance, Stanisavljevic was named the National Player of the Week by both Top Drawer Soccer and SoccerSavings.com/Soccer News, while also chalking up his second-career Horizon League Player of the Week honor.
Freshman forward Jesus Torres also scored his first-two career goals in the UIC Soccer Classic, while Phil Galounis added his first assist of the season. Defender Josh Beard, who had been out of the lineup since the season opener against Marquette (Aug. 27), also returned to bolster the Flames' backline.
"Ivan was obviously the man of the weekend and the man of the match on Sunday after scoring a hat trick," Phillips said. "But you can't take away from the play of the rest of the team; with Phil Galounis getting his first assist, Jesus Torres finding the back of the net twice, and Josh Beard having the awareness to get the ball to Ivan's feet in the final 25 seconds of double overtime. Last weekend was a great team effort, and we're looking to continue that on the road."
Dayton (1-6) is coming off of a pair of tough losses in last weekend's Green Bay Soccer Classic. The Flyers fell 1-0 to Eastern Illinois, and 2-1 to Green Bay in extra time. Sophomore Victor Duru leads the team in scoring with five points (two goals, one assist). The Flyers' primary goalkeeper is Alec Storm, who has recorded a 2.30 goals-against-average with 30 saves on the season.
Friday's match represents the first meeting between UIC and Dayton since the first round of the 2008 NCAA Men's Soccer Championships. In that contest, the teams battled to a 0-0 draw. UIC advanced to the second round of the tournament on penalty kicks.