Flames Return Home to Face Wright State Wednesday
Oct. 25, 2011
CHICAGO -The UIC men's soccer team will look to record its fifth home win of the season Wednesday, when the Flames entertain Wright State in a Horizon League match under the lights of Flames Field beginning at 7 p.m. The first 400 students in attendance will receive a complimentary scarf courtesy of UIC Athletics.
"This is a very important match against a tough, tough opponent," said head coach Sean Phillips. "Coach Davis has done a great job getting the Wright State program up to the top of the Horizon League table. Getting a result on Wednesday will be a good challenge for us but is one that we are excited about."
UIC enters the match with a 7-4-3 (1-3-1 Horizon) record, the second-most overall wins in the Horizon League. The Flames are coming off last Saturday's 1-0 setback at Detroit - the Titans scored the game's lone goal in the 83rd minute to hand UIC its first Horizon League road loss of the season.
UIC is currently tied for sixth in the Horizon League standings alongside Butler, whom the Flames tied (0-0) on Oct. 8. Wright State (7-5-2, 3-1-1 Horizon) is in sole possession of second place in the league standings. The Flames have four conference games remaining, while Wright State will play three more regular season matches versus Horizon League foes.
The Flames enter Wednesday's match ranked second in the Horizon League in goals (23), and third in points (60), goals allowed (18) and goals against average (1.20). Wright State, one of the stronger defensive teams in the Horizon League, is second in both goals allowed (15) and GAA (1.03).
Junior Ivan Stanisavljevic leads the Horizon League in points (21), goals (8) and shots (44), while ranking second in the conference in assists (5). Senior forward Eric Frazier leads the conference in shots per game (3.73), and ranks second in both points (16) and goals (7).
Wright State has dropped just one decision in Horizon League play, falling at home against Valparaiso on Oct. 7 -- the Raiders are 3-3-1 on the road this season. Bryce Rockwell-Ashton and Justin Laird have each scored five goals to lead WSU's offensive attack, while Derek Zuninga has added three goals. Rockwell-Ashton and Brian Cothern have each dished out three assists.
Between the posts, the Raiders are led by Craig Feehan, who has started all 14 matches for the Raiders this season. Feehan has posted a 1.03 GAA with 52 saves and three shutouts. In Horizon League play, he has given up one goal or less in four individual contests.
UIC recorded a convincing 4-0 win over Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, last season (10/3/10). Current UIC back-liners Drew Wolfe and Paul Tracy each scored goals for the Flames, who led 3-0 at halftime.