Oct. 9, 2012
CHICAGO – Loyola University Chicago men’s soccer travels across town on Wednesday, Oct. 10, for an intracity showdown against conference rival UIC at 7 p.m.
“The match versus UIC always brings intensity, as the two teams have traded off the championship for years,” said head coach Brendan Eitz. “This will be an important game for both teams with the way they rank in standings and the way the conference has been panning out.”
Last Time Out: Loyola played No. 24 Creighton last Wednesday, holding the Bluejays to a 1-0 game after giving up a goal in the 52nd minute. Freshman Tim Dobrowolski made 12 saves and was supported by a solid backline throughout the game. Sophomore Brian Bement led the offense, taking three shots and giving the Ramblers a final chance to knot the game. With less than a minute left in regulation, Bement had a breakaway, challenging the Creighton goalkeeper one-on-one and shooting the ball just wide of the post. It was the first loss against a nationally ranked team for Loyola this season.
vs. UIC: The Flames head into the game on Wednesday coming off a 1-0 loss to Milwaukee, ending UIC’s five-game unbeaten streak and bringing the team to a 1-1-1 conference record. Zach Kaleta anchors the Flames’ backline, earning Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 after contributing to two shutout performances by goalkeeper Goran Ikic. Ivan Stanisavljevic leads the offense, scoring five goals and notching three assists while ranking third in the Horizon League with 13 points.
Loyola trails 7-17-2 in the series against UIC. The Ramblers have won the last two meetings, posting two shutouts to win both games by a 1-0 margin.