Aleksov Named HL Offensive Player of the Week
Oct. 15, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - After scoring three goals in two games, including a pair of game-winners, junior Slobodan Aleksov was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week, officials announced from the League's Indianapolis-based headquarters Monday. The Belgrade, Serbia native also collected the same recognition from CollegeSportsMadness.com.
Aleksov scored two goals in the first seven minutes of UIC's win over intra-city rival Loyola last Wednesday (10/10/12). The goals were the first two of his career with the first coming on a left-footed blast and following up 90 seconds later with a finish off his right foot.
In the Flames' road win at Drake (10/13/12), Aleksov netted the game-winner in the 75th minute, converting a strike from the top of the 18-yard box. The victory moved UIC to 5-1-1 over its last seven matches.
"Slobodan's play over the past week in games has been tremendous," said head coach Sean Phillips. "It is great to see someone who continued to train incredibly hard this season while not playing a large number of minutes, earn an opportunity and take advantage of it this past week. We are looking forward to his continued contributions as we move into the final three weeks of the Horizon League's regular season."
Aleksov's three goals moved him into a tie as UIC's second-leading scorer. Both of his goals against Loyola were assisted by freshman Kyle Lindberg, and the game-winner against the Bulldogs was an unassisted score. He is the third UIC player this season to be honored by the League office - senior Ivan Stanisavljevic was tabbed the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 27, while junior Zach Kaleta collected Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 1.
The Flames (6-5-2, 2-1-1 Horizon) are currently in sole possession of second-place in the Horizon League standings. First-place Detroit is unbeaten (3-0-0), and has nine total points with four regular season matches remaining. UIC has three games left on its regular season Horizon League schedule, and will host Detroit on Senior Day (Nov. 2).
UIC will jump back into League play this Saturday (Oct. 20), when the Flames travel to Green Bay. The Phoenix dropped a 1-0 decision at Loyola Saturday night.