Men's Soccer Returns Home to Face Rival Loyola Wednesday Night
Oct. 9, 2012
CHICAGO - The UIC men's soccer team will return home Wednesday, when the Flames host cross-town rival Loyola under the lights of Flames Field beginning at 7 p.m. CST. UIC has not allowed an opposing team to score a goal at Flames Field since Sept. 14, having shut-out each of its past two visiting opponents.
The annual "Scarf Night" event will be held at Flames Field for this year's installment of the Windy City Rivalry. UIC students will receive a limited edition UIC Scarf while supplies last.
"Our guys are excited about the opportunity to play in another rivalry game," said head coach Sean Phillips. "Loyola always improves as the season goes on, as they proved late in the year last year. This season is no different. They are a very disciplined group. Our biggest challenge on Wednesday is making sure we are focused and in-tune and we have to out-work them."
The Flames (4-5-2, 1-1-1 Horizon) are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss at Milwaukee Saturday night. Senior midfielder Ivan Stanisavljevic scored the equalizer in the 56th minute, but Milwaukee broke the tie just 1:14 into overtime, defeating the Flames for just the second time in the past 12 meetings.
Stanisavljevic, the Horizon League preseason Offensive Player of the Year, continues to lead the Flames offensively, with 13 total points (five goals, three assists) - he was tabbed the League's No. 1 player by Top Drawer Soccer in the publication's midseason report, released last Friday. Freshman midfielder Joel Salmeron has also chipped in a team second-best three goals, while Ned Pavlovic (2), Phil Galounis (1), Isai Lemus (1) and Zach Kaleta (1) have provided the remainder of UIC's goal scoring. The Flames have also seen seven different players tally assists on the season, while junior Piotr Kikolski and redshirt freshman Goran Ikic have shared the goalkeeper duties.
Loyola (1-6-2, 0-0-2 Horizon) is being led offensively by sophomore forward Andrew Raymonds, who has scored a team-high three goals. James Howe, Jake Savino and Kyle Spoo have each scored one goal, while Brian Lunar has collected a pair of assists. Tim Dobrowolski has seen action in four games as the Ramblers' goalkeeper, making 22 saves while posting a 1.23 goals-against-average. He started last Tuesday's match at No. 24 Creighton, a 1-0 loss.
The Flames lead the all-time series between UIC and Loyola 17-7-2, but the Ramblers have won each of the last two meetings, including a 1-0 result at Loyola Soccer Park last season (11/1/11). In the last 10 meetings, the series has been deadlocked, 4-4-2 - four of those matches have been extended to at least one overtime session. The Flames and Ramblers have gone head-to-head in the Horizon League Tournament twice since 2006.
Loyola earned the No. 6 seed in the 2011 Horizon League Tournament, won the ensuing three games and captured the League's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.