Men's Soccer Welcomes Drake For Non-Conference Contest

Nov. 2, 2013

CHICAGO – After posting its ninth shutout of the season and capturing the Horizon League regular season title, the UIC men’s soccer team returns to Flames Field to host Drake in a non-conference match Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.

"Drake is going to be a great test for our group as we step out of the Horizon League," head coach Sean Phillips said.  "They are having a good year with some very positive results against a difficult schedule.  Coach Holmes always has a disciplined, well-coached and experienced group that believes in themselves.  We will need to be focused with a great amount of fight to get the result.  When we have brought fight and focus to matches this year, we have been very good which we will need to be on Sunday."

UIC is back at home after a two-game stint on the road, where it went 2-0 with its most recent 1-0 win at Oakland on Oct. 30 for its seventh-straight victory.  Redshirt-senior Josh Beard scored the lone goal off a penalty kick in the 36th minute to secure the Horizon League championship.

The Flames have six players with three or more goals this season, with senior Slobodan Aleksov leading the way with seven.  Aleksov has produced the most shots (47) and shots on goal (23) for the Flames, while posting 17 points to tie with junior Jesus Torres, who has recorded the most assists this season with nine.

Freshman goalkeeper Andrew Putna collected his ninth shutout of the season against Oakland after making five saves to improve his season save percentage to .774.  Putna has allowed just 12 goals this season to tie for first in the Horizon League, while garnering a 0.74 GAA.

Drake heads into Sunday’s contest after a 2-0 loss at Creighton on Oct. 30, moving its season total to 8-6-3 overall, a 3-1-1 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference, and 4-3-2 on the road.

The Bulldogs have produced 201 shots this season, with 84 on goal, while tallying 23 goals through 17 games.  Jarred Arde and Danton Irelan lead the Bulldogs with four goals apiece, while Arde also holds the most points with 11 and shots with 30.

Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod has played a majority of Drake’s 17 matches this season, while splitting time in goal with redshirt-senior Rich Gallagher most recently against Creighton.  MacLeod has 59 saves for a .843 save percentage and five shutouts, while allowing 11 goals for a 0.89 GAA.

The Flames are tied with the Bulldogs in the all-time series at 2-2-0, while splitting time both home and away.  In their most recent outing last season, the Flames came away with a 3-1 win on the road.

The Last Meeting
October 13, 2012
Des Moines, Iowa
Men's Soccer Picks up Road Win at Drake, 3-1
The UIC men's soccer team used a balanced second-half scoring attack to record a convincing 3-1 win over Drake in the Flames' non-conference finale at the Cownie Soccer Complex Saturday night. The Flames have scored a combined six goals in their past two games.