Men's Soccer To Clash With Wright State

Junior Jesus Torres
Junior Jesus Torres

Oct. 18, 2013

CHICAGO – The UIC men’s soccer team prepares to host its 10th home game of the season Saturday, when it welcomes Wright State to Flames Field for a Horizon League matchup set for 7 p.m. CT.  The Flames are a perfect 3-0-0 in the Horizon League, while the Raiders hold a 1-2-0 record.

"Wright State is going to be another challenging Horizon League opponent," head coach Sean Phillips said.  “Coach Davis always puts together a very challenging non-conference schedule that prepares his team for the Horizon League.  They have quite a number of talented attacking players, such as the returning (Horizon League) Newcomer of the Year, Brett Elder, as well as an emerging young goalkeeper and solid backline.  They also have pace out wide and a very talented and experienced middle of midfield.  It will be another challenge for our focus, mentality, attention to detail and continued improvement in our transition."

UIC (10-3-0, 3-0-0 HL) will make a quick turnaround after capturing its eighth shutout of the season on Oct. 16 against nationally-ranked Milwaukee.  Junior Jesus Torres scored in the 66th minute off a Slobodan Aleksov assist to boost the Flames to their fourth-straight win and their 10th of the season, marking the quickest to 10 wins since the 2006 season when the team stood at 10-1-2 through 13 games.

Torres’ fourth goal of the season pushed his point total to 15 to lead the team and place fourth in the Horizon League, while Aleksov has the most goals this season with five.  Torres additionally holds most assists on the team with seven for first-place in the League, and is tied at fifth in the nation in the category.

Against Milwaukee, freshman goalkeeper Andrew Putna made two saves to increase his season total to 29 and collected his eighth shutout.  While allowing just nine goals this season, Putna owns the League’s best GAA with 0.68.

Wright State (3-6-1, 1-2-0 HL) enters into Saturday’s match with a week of rest, having played its last match on Oct. 12.  The Raiders are currently sixth in the League after taking a 2-0 win over Valparaiso, followed by a 3-0 loss to Milwaukee and a 2-1 loss to Oakland.

Over its schedule of 10 matches, Wright State has made 147 shot attempts, with 54 on goal, as Elder has recorded 12 shots on goal off 23 attempts.  Of the Panthers’ 12 goals this season, Elder has scored five, with five other players contributing to the total, and has collected two game-winners.

Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Blackmer has played in Wright State’s last six games, making 26 saves and allowing seven goals for a 1.27 GAA.

Over their last 10 regular-season meetings, UIC has come out on top of Wright State with a 7-1-2 record.  Before last season’s 1-1 tie, the Flames had won three straight matches, and have not lost to the Raiders since the 2004 season.

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