September 9, 2012
Flames lose another in OT
CHICAGO –Junior forward Ned Pavlovic scored his second goal of the season to give UIC a 1-0 lead in the first half, but FIU’s Colby Burdette scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner just over five minutes into overtime, to lift the unbeaten Panthers to a 2-1 win at Flames Field Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, UIC drops to 1-4-0. FIU completed a 2-0 road trip, improving to an unblemished 5-0-0.
“We had plenty of opportunities to make the plays to win the game today; there were several chances for us to make the score 2-0, or even 2-1,” said UIC head coach Sean Phillips. “That being said, FIU is a great team – the reason they are 5-0-0 on the season is because they are making the key plays to win games; they made two of those plays today. We played very well at times, but didn’t make the plays necessary to beat a very good team like FIU. We’re still searching for the right formula to get results.”
Pavlovic came off the bench just past the mid-way point of the first half, and got the Flames on the scoreboard in the 31st minute. The play was set up by sophomore frontrunner Jesus Torres and senior midfielder Ivan Stanisavljevic, who both tallied assists on a through ball to Pavlovic, as he finished to the far post on the counter.
Burdette scored his first goal of the season by beating UIC goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski to the far post after fielding a serve from Lyle Lindquist in the 57th minute.
Burdette tallied the game-winner in the 102nd minute by playing a ball from Patrick Ramdial and Roberto De Sousa, and floating the ball over Kikolski’s head. It marked UIC’s second-straight sudden-death overtime loss.
FIU held a 12-10 edge in shots, and each team attempted four shots-on-goal. Kikolski made two saves, while FIU net minder Robin Spiegel turned away three shots .
UIC will continue its four-game homestand next weekend, when the Flames host the annual UIC Soccer Classic presented by the Chicago South Loop Hotel. The action will kick off on Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. CST, when Wisconsin and Western Illinois go head-to-head at Flames Field. The Flames will take on IUPUI in the ensuing nightcap, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.