Men's Soccer Travels to UMKC Tuesday
Oct. 18, 2010
CHICAGO - The UIC men's soccer team will take a break from Horizon League play Tuesday, when the Flames travel to Kansas City, Mo., to take on the UMKC Kangaroos in a 7 p.m. kickoff from Durwood Soccer Stadium & Recreational Field.
UIC (4-8, 1-4 Horizon) is coming off last Saturday's 2-1 loss at the hands of Green Bay under the lights at Flames Field. Derek Huffman scored his seventh goal of the season, and extended his goal streak to four games in the setback. Eric Frazier picked up the assist, pushing his season point total to nine.
In its last game against Oakland, UMKC (7-3-2, 2-0-1 Summit) battled the Golden Grizzlies to a 0-0 draw in double overtime. Prior to that contest, the Kangaroos had rolled off three-straight wins, including two by way of 1-0 shutouts.
The Flames are 3-4 in non-conference action this season, and defeated nationally-ranked Ohio State (1-0) in their last non-conference contest (Oct. 13). Huffman, Frazier and Paul Tracy have combined to score four goals during non-conference play this season.
Huffman's seven goals are tied for second in the Horizon League this season, and his 16 points are tied for third overall. UIC's four team goals currently rank fourth in the conference, as do its 40 team points.
UMKC is being led offensively by Jimmy Simon, who has scored a team-leading five goals. Four other players have tallied at least four points this season, including John Bayron Sosa's three goals and two assists. Ken Cooper has handled the goalkeeping duties, starting all 12 games with a 0.79 goals-against-average and six shutouts.
Tuesday's contest will mark the eighth all-time meeting between the Flames and Kangaroos; the series has been played to an even draw, at 3-3-1. UIC hasn't lost to UMKC since the 2004 season, and will be playing its first game in Kansas City since Sept. 10, 2005.