Men's Soccer To Compete In Final Road Match At Oakland

Junior Jesus Torres
Junior Jesus Torres

Oct. 29, 2013

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CHICAGO - The UIC men's soccer team heads into its final road match of the regular season Wednesday when it goes up against Oakland in Rochester, Mich., beginning at 6 p.m. CT at the OU Soccer Field.  While undefeated in the Horizon League, the Flames are also 4-0-0 on the road this season and enter into the midweek match on a six-game win streak.

"We are excited to be heading over to new Horizon League member Oakland University," head coach Sean Phillips said.  "They are a team whom we have tried to play on the non-league schedule for several years but could never get the dates to match."

"Oakland has played a very challenging non-conference schedule and their only League loss was at a very talented UWM," added Phillips.  "Coach Pogue and his staff will have a talented group of players ready to compete on Wednesday.  We will have to be at the top of all aspects of our game to get a result."

UIC (12-3-0, 5-0-0 HL) continues its road stint after collecting a 2-1 win against Valparaiso on Oct. 25, when it came back from a 1-0 deficit to take its 12th win in the last 13 games.  Following sophomore Kyle Lindberg's goal in the 70th minute to tie the game, senior Aris Zafeiratos put away the game-winning goal in the 80th minute with his first goal of the season.

The Flames have scored 26 goals this season from nine different players, while senior Slobodan Aleksov leads the pack with seven, in addition to shots (47) and shots on goal (23).  Junior Jesus Torres owns the assist category with nine, placing at first in the League and fifth in the nation, and is tied with Aleksov in points with 17.

Freshman goalkeeper Andrew Putna has made 36 saves throughout UIC's 15 matches for a .750 save percentage, while allowing just 12 goals to tie for first in the conference for a 0.78 GAA this season.

In recent standings, the Flames are tied for eighth in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Great Lakes region and 36th in the NCAA RPI, while receiving votes for the second-straight week in the College Soccer News Top 30 poll.

Oakland (5-5-5, 3-1-1 HL) returns home after competing in four-straight road matches where it went 1-3-0, while most recently falling to Milwaukee, 2-1, on Oct. 26 for its first conference loss of the season.

Through 15 games, the Grizzlies have scored 15 goals off 89 shots on goal and 219 attempts, and are led on the field by junior Joey Tinnion, who holds the most goals (6), assists (3), points (15), shots (38) and shots on goal (19).  Senior goalkeeper Sean Lewis has been in net for 13 games this season, going 5-3-5 while making 48 saves for a .774 save percentage and allowing 14 goals for a 0.98 GAA.

Wednesday's match marks the fourth meeting all-time between UIC and Oakland, who joined the Horizon League this season.  The Flames are currently positioned at first place in the conference with 15 points, while the Grizzlies are at third with 10 points.