Oct. 11, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC men’s soccer team makes its way to Detroit, Mich., to compete in its first Horizon League road match of the season Saturday against Detroit. Competition is slated to begin at 2 p.m. CT at Titan Field.
"This match, as all in the Horizon League, will be a challenging one, especially on the road," head coach Sean Phillips said. "UDM, always tough at home, is the reigning Horizon League regular-season champion and returns the Horizon League Player of the Year, as well as several players who keyed their run last fall."
The Flames are back on the road after hosting three-straight matches at Flames Field, with their most recent win coming from a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Eastern Illinois on Oct. 8. Senior Slobodan Aleksov scored both goals in the game, one in the 87th minute to tie the score and the other in the 104th minute for the game winner.
After collecting two goals and making 12 shot attempts, with five on goal, Aleksov now leads UIC in goals (4), shots (30) and shots on goal (15) through 11 matches. With junior Jesus Torres assisting on both of Aleksov’s goals against the Panthers, he paces the team with six assists on the season, to additionally lead the category in the Horizon League.
While playing every minute of the 11 matches this season, freshman goalkeeper Andrew Putna has made 24 saves, with a .727 save percentage, and has allowed just nine goals for a 0.81 GAA, tying for first in the Horizon League in goals allowed and set for second in GAA.
"We will need to turn in our most honest and mature performance of the season to get our desired result on Saturday," added Phillips. "Over the course of the season, we have shown the traits necessary to get the result in a tough environment. The key will be for our entire team to give the effort and focus of which we are capable."
Detroit heads into Saturday’s match with a 2-5-4 record, 0-2-0 in the Horizon League, after going 2-1-0 in its last three matches. The Titans most recently came away with a 2-1 victory over Bowling Green on Oct. 8, prior to which they defeated IPFW, 3-1, on Oct. 1 and fell to Oakland, 2-1, on Oct. 5.
While tallying 16 goals this season, Detroit’s Adam Bedell leads the team with six of his own, placing him at third in the Horizon League, with six other players contributing toward the total. Of the 130 shots the Titans have taken, 55 have been on goal for a 0.423 shots-on-goal percentage, as Bedell leads the field again with 20 SOG.
Detroit’s goalkeeper Nathan Steinwascher has played every minute in the Titans’ 11 matches. While making 62 saves, the most in the League, for a 0.795 save percentage, Steinwascher has also allowed 16 goals for a 1.32 GAA.
In the all-time series, the Flames are 8-10-3 against the Titans, with their most recent result coming last season (2012) when the two teams met in the final match of the regular season and the Flames fell in a close 2-1 match.
The Last Meeting
November 2, 2012
Detroit Outlasts Men's Soccer in Regular Season Finale, 2-1
The UIC men's soccer team convincingly out-shot first-place Detroit 20-12, but Titan goalkeeper Nathan Steinwascher turned away seven shots, and UDM eventually outlasted the Flames, 2-1 in the regular season finale for both teams at Flames Field Friday night. With the win, Detroit secured home field advantage throughout next week's postseason tournament.