Men's Soccer Garners #3 Seed in HL Tourney; Will Host Loyola in Quarters
Nov. 3, 2012
CHICAGO- The UIC men's soccer team will begin its postseason run as the No. 3 seed in next week's Horizon League Tournament, as announced by the League office following the conclusion of Saturday's slate of games on the final day of the regular season. The Flames will host cross-town rival Loyola, who earned the No. 6 seed, in next Tuesday's quarterfinal round at Flames Field beginning at 7 p.m. CST.
The Flames' No. 3 seed represents its highest postseason positioning since 2008, when UIC captured the regular season championship, and earned the No. 1 overall seed.
Loyola clinched a postseason berth and the No. 6 overall seed, with a 4-3 win over preseason Horizon League favorite Wright State Saturday night at Loyola Soccer Park. Top-seeded Detroit and No. 2 Cleveland State will receive automatic byes to the semifinals, and the Titans will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs after defeating UIC, 2-1 at Flames Field Friday night.
Milwaukee secured the fifth seed after outlasting Valparaiso 2-1 on Saturday; the Panthers and fourth-seeded Crusaders will face off in a rematch in Tuesday's quarterfinals in Valparaiso, Ind.
In the regular season meeting between the Flames and Loyola on Oct. 10 at Flames Field, junior Slobodan Aleksov scored two goals in the first seven minutes of the game, and midfielder Josh Beardadded his first goal of the season early in the second half, leading to UIC's convincing 3-1 win.
The official Horizon League release, and complete make-up of the 2012 field, can be found right here.