Men's Soccer Heads to Green Bay for Pivotal HL Contest
Oct. 19, 2012
CHICAGO - The UIC men's soccer team will look to pick up its second-straight road win Saturday, when the Flames travel to Green Bay, Wis., to take on the Phoenix in a pivotal Horizon League contest beginning at 7 p.m. CST. The Flames will be seeking their first victory at Green Bay since the 2005 campaign.
"Green Bay is fighting to make sure they make the Horizon League Tournament, and we're fighting to make sure that we're at the top part of the table," said head coach Sean Phillips. "You've got two teams with a lot on the line, so I expect a very difficult match Saturday night."
The Flames are coming off a convincing 3-1 win at Drake in non-conference action last Saturday. The score was tied 0-0 at halftime, before UIC's offense exploded for three goals in the second stanza, one each from veterans Zach Kaleta, Slobodan Aleksov and Ivan Stanisavljevic.
Stanisavljevic, the Horizon League preseason Offensive Player of the Year, continues to lead the Flames offensively, with 16 total points (six goals, four assists). Aleksov and freshman midfielder Joel Salmeron have also chipped with three goals apiece, while Ned Pavlovic (2), Kaleta (2), Phil Galounis (1), Isai Lemus (1) and Josh Beard (1) have provided the remainder of UIC's goal scoring. The Flames have also seen nine different players tally assists on the season. Junior Piotr Kikolski has started 10 matches in goal, including the last two contests.
UIC (6-5-2, 2-1-1 Horizon), who has scored six goals in its past two games, is currently in sole possession of second-place in the Horizon League standings. First-place Detroit is unbeaten (3-0-0), and sits alone in first-place 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 (November 2).
Green Bay (2-8-3, 0-3-2 Horizon) is coming off a 3-0 loss at Wisconsin on Wednesday, and currently sits in eighth-place in the League standings. The Phoenix, 2-3-1 at home this season, settled for a 2-2 draw versus rival Milwaukee in their last Horizon League home game (10/3/12). Green Bay is being led offensively by Kirby Allen, who has scored a team-high three goals on the season. Sam Krenzien and Alonso Flores have both scored two goals apiece. Ryan Wehking serves as Green Bay's primary net minder - he has started 11 matches, and posted a 1.87 goals-against-average with 55 saves on the season.
The all-time series with Green Bay represents UIC's longest-standing rivalry in the Horizon League - Saturday's match will mark the 58th all-time meeting between the two programs. Green Bay owns a 29-16-2 advantage in the series, and has won three-of the last four. As mentioned, the Flames' last road win over Green Bay came in the 2005 season. The Phoenix also eliminated the Flames from the 2011 Horizon League Tournament in the quarterfinals. UIC defeated Green Bay at Flames Field during the 2011 regular season (10/1/11) behind Stanisavljevic's second hat trick of the season.