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UIC Slips Past Men's Soccer, 2-1

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: November 09, 2013
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By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)

CHICAGO, Ill. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay men’s soccer team rallied from a 1-0 deficit, but a goal by UIC in the 84th minute sealed the win for the Flames as they earned a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

With the win, UIC completed its conference season with a perfect 7-0 record while going 15-3 overall. The loss moved Green Bay to 7-7-3 overall and 2-4-1 in the Horizon League.

The Phoenix put three shots on the board in the first half, including two on goal. Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) had his shot attempt saved by UIC’s Andrew Punta in the 14th minute. Audi Jepson (Green Bay, Wis.) also saw a shot stopped by Punta in the 35th minute and six minutes later had his shot attempt blocked to keep the Phoenix off the scoreboard.

Defensively the Phoenix stood strong against a Flames offense that put nine shots on the board in the opening stanza, while keeper Kyle Ihn (Wales, Wis.) came up with one save to keep the game scoreless going into the break. At intermission, the hosts led in shots, 9-3, and corners, 1-0.

The match remained scoreless until the 54th minute, when a goal by Joel Leon gave the Flames a 1-0 lead. Not ready to see the season end, the Phoenix turned up its offensive pressure and finally capitalized in the 79th minute. AJ Patterson netted his first goal of the season as his shot hit the crossbar and bounced in, evening the match at 1-1.

Two minutes later Krenzien had an opportunity to add one more for the Phoenix, but the UIC defense came up with a team save. It was the Flames who struck next as Jorge Alvarez collected a pass from Aris Zafeiratos and snuck it past Ihn in the 84th minute for the final 2-1 margin.

For the match, Green Bay led in corner kicks, 3-1, and shots on goal, 4-3, while the Flames led overall shots, 13-8.

The Phoenix will now have to wait until the conclusion of the Detroit at Valparaiso match later this evening to learn its fate in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament. If Valparaiso wins, Green Bay will be eliminated from the tournament, but if the Crusaders lose or draw, the Phoenix will make it to the postseason tourney.

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SCHEDULE
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Sunday , August 24
Men's Soccer 
vs. UW-Parkside (Scrimmage)
3:30 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Friday , August 29
Men's Soccer 
vs. Grand Canyon
4:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Monday , September 01
Men's Soccer 
vs. DePaul
3:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Friday , September 05
Men's Soccer 
at Drake
7:00 PM
Des Moines, Iowa
 
Sunday , September 07
Men's Soccer 
at Western Illinois
12:00 PM
Macomb, Ill.
 
Friday , September 12
Men's Soccer 
vs. Viterbo
4:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , September 14
Men's Soccer 
at Northern Illinois
6:00 PM
DeKalb, Ill.
 
Friday , September 19
Men's Soccer 
vs. Western Michigan
3:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , September 21
Men's Soccer 
at IPFW
1:00 PM
Fort Wayne, Ind.
 
Wednesday, October 01
Men's Soccer 
vs. Milwaukee
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Saturday , October 04
Men's Soccer 
at Oakland
6:00 PM
Rochester, Mich.
 
Tuesday , October 07
Men's Soccer 
at Wisconsin
7:00 PM
Madison, Wis.
 
Saturday , October 11
Men's Soccer 
at Detroit
12:00 PM
Detroit, Mich.
 
Wednesday, October 15
Men's Soccer 
vs. UIC
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Saturday , October 18
Men's Soccer 
vs. Wright State
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
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