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UIC FLAMES SOCCER Senior Paul Kopec

Senior Jovan Bubonja

Senior Phillip Mitchell

Junior Charlie Trout

Senior Ian Sarachan

Senior Mike Giffin

2009 MEDIA GUIDE


2009 UIC SOCCER SCHEDULE ADMISSION TO UIC SOCCER HOME MATCHES

General admission individual game ticket prices for all UIC home regular season matches are $6.00 per ticket. * Children 3 and under are admitted free * UIC students are free with a valid UIC I-Card Tickets can be purchased at the Flames Field entry gates on the day of the game with cash only. Groups of 10 or more are $3.00 a ticket by calling the UIC Ticket Office in advance at (312) 413-8421. Group tickets must be ordered at least 24 hours before the scheduled game. All advance ticket orders through the UIC Ticket Office will include a $7.00 order-processing fee.

UIC ALL-SPORT TICKET

A UIC All-Sport Ticket, which provides one general admission ticket to all regular season home events during the 2009-2010 season for Soccer, Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Swimming and Diving and Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics, can be purchased for $25 through the UIC Ticket Office at (312) 413-UIC1 (8421). Order forms are available through www.uicflames.com. The All-Sport Ticket does not include any tickets for men’s basketball.

AUGUST 22 (Sat.) 28 (Fri.)

at SIU Edwardsville (Exh.) vs. Northwestern (Exh.)+

7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 4 (FRI.) 6 (SUN.) 11 (Fri.) 13 (Sun.) 18 (Fri.) 20 (Sun.) 27 (SUN.) 30 (WED.)

UAB MICHIGAN STATE vs. Kentucky^ at Louisville^ at UNLV* vs. UC-Riverside* at Cleveland State# WISCONSIN

7:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M. 12:30 P.M. 11:00 A.M. 7:00 P.M.

OCTOBER 2 (FRI.) 7 (WED.) 10 (Sat.) 14 (Wed.) 17 (SAT.) 20 (TUE.) 24 (Sat.) 30 (FRI.)

WRIGHT STATE# AKRON at Green Bay# at Ohio State MILWAUKEE# WESTERN ILLINOIS at Loyola# VALPARAISO#

7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M.

NOVEMBER 4 (WED.) 7 (Sat.)

BUTLER# at Detroit#

7:00 P.M. 11:00 A.M.

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Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship

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2009 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

2009 HORIZON LEAGUE MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

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Higher Seed Hosts Reg.-Season Champ Hosts Reg.-Season Champ Hosts

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Championship

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TBA

+ Played in Fort Wayne, Ind.; ^ U of L Invitational (Louisville, Ky.)

* UNLV Rebel Classic (Las Vegas, Nev.); # Horizon League Match

All Times Central; Home Matches in ALL CAPS


2009 UIC SOCCER 2009 UIC SOCCER QUICK FACTS

GENERAL INFORMATION Location: Chicago, Ill. Founded: 1896 Enrollment: 24,541 Nickname: Flames Colors: Navy Blue and Fire Engine Red President: B. Joseph White Chancellor: Dr. Paula Allen-Meares Director of Athletics: James W. Schmidt Affiliation: NCAA Division I Conference: Horizon League Facility (Capacity): Flames Field (1,000) Athletics Website: uicflames.com COACHING STAFF Head Coach: John Trask Alma Mater/Year: Indiana/1990 Record at UIC/Years: 48-18-19/Four Years Career Record/Years: 48-18-19/Four Years Assistant Coach: Sean Phillips Alma Mater/Year: Indiana/1994 Assistant Coach: Sergi Daniv Alma Mater: Wake Forest/1999 Volunteer Assistant Coach: Minos Vlamakis Soccer Office Phone: (312) 996-6755 Soccer Office Fax: (312) 996-8349 Best Time to Reach Coaches: Contact SID TEAM INFORMATION 2008 Overall Record: 12-4-6 2008 Horizon League Record/Finish: 6-1-1/First 2008 Postseason: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3 Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 13/4 Newcomers: 15 UIC MEN’S SOCCER HISTORY First Year of Division I Soccer: 1981 All-Time Division I Record: 228-236-44 All-Time League Regular Season Championships: 4 (1999, 2000, 2006, 2008) All-Time League Tournament Championships: 3 (1999, 2000, 2007) All-Time NCAA Tournament Appearances: 5 (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008) Best NCAA Finish: Quarterfinals (2007) All-Time NCAA Tournament Record: 6-5-3

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2009 Roster................................................................................................................................................................ 3 Pronunciation Guide................................................................................................................................................... 3 Head Coach John Trask........................................................................................................................................... 4-5 Assistant Coach Sean Phillips.................................................................................................................................... 6 Assistant Coach Sergi Daniv...................................................................................................................................... 7 Volunteer Assistant Coach Minos Vlamakis.............................................................................................................. 7 Support Staff............................................................................................................................................................ 8-9 Student-Athletes...................................................................................................................................................10-24 2008 Results............................................................................................................................................................. 25 2008 Statistics.......................................................................................................................................................... 26 Records.................................................................................................................................................................27-28 All-American & All-Region Players............................................................................................................................ 29 UIC in the NCAA Tourament...................................................................................................................................... 30 UIC Soccer in the Community................................................................................................................................... 31 Getting to Know UIC............................................................................................................................................ 33-40 Flames Playing Professional Soccer...............................................................................................Back Inside Cover

MEDIA INFORMATION MEDIA SERVICES Press credentials for UIC men’s soccer matches are available by contacting John Jaramillo of the UIC Sports Information Office. Final box scores will be available to working media at the completion of each match. Cumulative statistics and media guides will also be made available. Head Coach John Trask and selected players will be available for interviews following a 10-minute cooling down period immediately after the match.

IN-SEASON INTERVIEW POLICY All requests for player or coach interviews must be made through John Jaramillo, Director of Media Relations, at (312) 996-5880. At no time should a member of the media contact a studentathlete at his residence without prior approval from the UIC Sports Information Office.

CREDITS The 2009 UIC Soccer Media Guide was written, compiled and edited by John Jaramillo. Layout and design by Zoe Kind. Photography provided by Steve Woltmann, Brian Kersey/MLS/WireImage.com and Alan Cozzi/Watford FC. Special thanks to Lauren Brophy and the Chicago Fire, Mark Jamieson and Watford FC, Wake Forest Athletic Media Relations, and Heather Walles and America SCORES Chicago.

ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS Director of Media Relations (Men’s Soccer Contact): John Jaramillo Office Phone: (312) 996-5880 Mobile Phone: (773) 820-1820 E-mail: jjar@uic.edu Fax: 312-996-8349 Flames Field Press Box: (312) 355-1192 Mailing Address: Flames Athletic Center 839 W. Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60608

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2009 UIC SOCCER ROSTER NO. NAME 00 Piotr Kikloski 0 Malachy Okeke 1 Jovan Bubonja 2 Josh Beard 3 Mike Giffin 4 Moriba Diallo 5 Robert Younger 6 Paul Kopec 7 Zach Tierney 8 Ivan Stanisavljevic 10 Matt Spiess 11 Kevin Stoll 12 Stevan Jovcic 13 Phillip Mitchell 14 Ian Sarachan 15 Francisco Alvarez 16 Paul Tracy 17 Brandon Wallace 18 Charlie Trout 19 Bart Boguszewski 20 Joe Radice 21 Drew Wolfe 22 Alex Rickett 23 Tim Walsh 24 Nate Downing 25 Derek Huffman 26 David Martinez 27 Alex Loncar 28 Alen Ejupovic 29 Asa Carson 30 Chris Vidos 31 Steve Purdy 32 Felipe Carrasco 33 Phil Galounis 34 Zach Kaleta 35 Tim O’Connor 36 Ned Pavlovic

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YEAR Fr. RS Fr. Sr. Fr. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. RS Fr. Fr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Jr. RS Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

HT. 6-3 6-6 6-2 5-8 6-1 6-3 6-1 5-10 6-1 5-7 5-11 5-7 6-2 6-1 5-6 5-8 5-10 5-11 5-8 5-9 5-10 6-2 5-9 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-9 6-3 6-0 5-8 6-2 5-9 5-11 6-2 5-9 6-0

WT. 215 210 200 155 170 180 182 140 175 165 177 150 180 180 140 158 160 164 159 160 160 180 150 180 152 160 150 155 180 160 174 175 165 190 175 165 165

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL/LAST SCHOOL Harwood Heights, Ill./Maine South H.S. Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben H.S. Belgrade, Serbia/VI Belgrade Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg H.S. St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central H.S./New Mexico Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S. Hull, England/The Read School Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg H.S./Western Kentucky Wildwood, Mo./Christian Brothers H.S./New Mexico Belgrade, Serbia/Sportska Gimnazija St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade Prep Florissant, Mo./Chaminade Prep Belgrade, Serbia/Niles West H.S. Springfield, Ill./Athens H.S./UIS Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township H.S. Guadalajara, Mexico/Clear Lake H.S./SMU Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley H.S./Bradley Shawnee, Kan./Maranatha Academy/Coffeyville CC Nottingham, England/Rushcliffe Belvidere, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S. St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade Prep Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S. Northville, Mich./Northville H.S./Maine Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S./Tampa Columbus, Ind./Columbus North H.S. Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S. Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel H.S. Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S. Chicago, Ill./Foreman H.S./Triton J.C. Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S. Oak Lawn, Ill./Brother Rice H.S. St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North H.S./Marquette Iowa City, Iowa/Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Faribault, Minn.) New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central H.S. Barrington, Ill./Barrington H.S. St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis University H.S. Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook South H.S.

HEAD COACH: John Trask ASSISTANT COACHES: Sean Phillips, Sergi Daniv VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH: Minos Vlamakis DIRECTOR OF SOCCER OPERATIONS: Ross Cain UNDERGRADUATE ASSISTANT: Dan Simek ATHLETIC TRAINER: Kristi Schluckbier

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Bart Boguszewski Jovan Bubonja Moriba Diallo Alen Ejupovic Stevan Jovcic Zach Kaleta Piotr Kikloski Paul Kopec Alex Loncar Malachy Okeke Ned Pavlovic

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Joe Radice Alex Rickett Ian Sarachan Matt Spiess Ivan Stanisavljevic Kevin Stoll Zach Tierney

COACHES/SUPPORT STAFF Sergi Daniv Minos Vlamakis Kristi Schluckbier

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2009 UIC SOCCER

HEAD COACH JOHN TRASK

FIFTH SEASON AT UIC 48-18-19 RECORD AS A HEAD COACH • 27-10-3 CAREER RECORD IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT 2008 NCAA SWEET 16 • 2007 NCAA ELITE EIGHT • 2006 NCAA ROUND OF 32 TWO-TIME HORIZON LEAGUE COACH OF THE YEAR (2008, 2006)

John Trask has taken the UIC men’s soccer program to new heights in his four seasons at the helm, using a proven formula for success that has helped every side he has ever been a part of maximize its potential and garner a long list of accolades and championships over the past decade. The standard of excellence associated with Trask’s formula has been on display throughout his first four seasons at the helm at UIC, with the Flames’ back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Sweet 16 that included a historic run to the 2007 NCAA quarterfinals serving as the most recent examples of the program’s continuous rise to national prominence under his watch. Bringing a winning philosophy that garnered back-to-back NCAA titles and a trip to the Major League Soccer semifinals during his previous coaching stops, Trask has installed his successful style at UIC in such a short amount of time that the Flames were transformed from a five-win team the season before he arrived into a squad that stood just three matches away from college soccer’s ultimate prize a mere three years later. A glance at his work throughout the last 10 years shows that Trask has had an influential hand in some impressive team results. From coaching Indiana’s national championship squads in 1998 and 1999, to guiding the Miami Fusion to the 2000 U.S. Open Cup final and the 2001 MLS Supporters’ Shield, and to accumulating a long list of achievements for UIC, Trask’s track record speaks for itself.

Flames eliminated No. 12 Saint Louis at Hermann Stadium in a dramatic penaltykick shootout, defeated No. 16 Northwestern 2-0 on the Wildcats’ Lakeside Field and downed No. 7 Creighton by a 1-0 score at Morrison Stadium to come within one match of UIC’s first-ever College Cup berth. Along with the Flames’ first-ever appearance in the Round of Eight, the 2008 season was capped by the program’s highest end-of-the-year national rankings. College Soccer News ranked UIC ninth nationally in its final poll of the season, and the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 featured a season-ending ranking of No. 10 for the Flames. Midfielder Pavle Dundjer was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-America Third Team, marking the second consecutive season that UIC featured an All-American player. Bubonja was also feted with a slew of postseason honors for his work between the posts, earning selections to the College Soccer News All-America Second Team, NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region First Team and All-Horizon League First Team while also receiving the UMBRO/Chicagoland Soccer News Men’s College Soccer Player of the Year and Soccer America Men’s Second Team MVP awards. Cesar Zambrano capped his college career in style in 2007. The midfielder was named the Horizon League Championship Most Valuable Player and received NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region honors before he was drafted by Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids, giving Trask’s program an MLS pick for the second consecutive year after Tonci Skroce was taken by the Columbus Crew one year prior. UIC entered 2007 on the heels of a 2006 season that was one of the most successful in the history of the program. The Flames rattled off a nine-match unbeaten streak to open the campaign, notching road wins over nationally-ranked Saint Louis and eventual national champion UC Santa Barbara during that span. The Flames moved up the national polls, becoming a consensus Top 10 team for the first time and earning the team’s highestever national ranking during the week of September 25th, reaching the No. 6 spot in the SoccerTimes.com College Coaches Poll.

The Flames have been molded into a prime example of Trask’s victorious brand of soccer. UIC’s 8-2-1 record against Top 25 teams on the road since 2005 and numerous Top 10 national rankings of its own are just a few of the accomplishments that serve as evidence to his penchant for success. In 2008 UIC stayed in the four major national polls from start to finish, reaching as high as No. 4 in the country for the highest slot achieved by UIC in any Top 25 rankings. The Flames began the year on a school-record 12-match unbeaten streak, won the Horizon League regular season championship and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. UIC continued its recent success in the postseason by advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 for the second straight season in 2008, eliminating Dayton and No. 4 national seed Michigan State in a pair of dramatic penalty-kick sessions before falling just short of another quarterfinal appearance following an overtime loss at No. 15 seed North Carolina that saw the Flames without acclaimed goalkeeper Jovan Bubonja, who was injured and unable to play against the Tar Heels. Bubonja, junior midfielder Baggio Husidic and sophomore back Robert Younger headlined the individual accolades for Trask’s side in 2008. Bubonja was a semifinalist for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy awarded annually to the nation’s top college player, while third straight selections to the NSCAA/ adidas All-Great Lakes Region First Team and All-Horizon League First Team also highlighted Bubonja’s haul. Husidic was named the Horizon League Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year while garnering All-Great Lakes First Team honors, and Younger, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, was picked to the All-Great Lakes Second Team. Bubonja and Husidic also earned NSCAA/adidas All-America First Team honors after the 2008 campaign, becoming the first First Team All-Americans in the program’s history. The 2007 Elite Eight finish in the NCAA Tournament saw UIC advance past three nationally-ranked teams, doing so on the opponent’s home pitch each time. The

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The Flames, who also achieved the No. 1 ranking in the NSCAA/adidas Great Lakes Region poll for the first time in school history, went on to finish 13-3-5 and finish atop the NCAA statistical rankings for team goals-against average (0.36) and team save percentage (.908). UIC’s 2006 GAA was the fourth-best mark in NCAA history, while the Flames’ save percentage that year stands as the bestever in Division I men’s soccer. UIC, which gave up just eight goals in 21 games and only two goals after intermission during the entire 2006 season, went on to earn the team’s first-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. There UIC picked up a 3-0 win over Western Illinois in the first round before giving Elite Eight qualifier Notre Dame all it could handle on its home pitch in a narrow 1-0 loss to the Irish. The accolades poured in for the national noise made by the Flames. Skroce became the second All-American in program history after being selected to the NSCAA/adidas All-America Second Team for his seven-goal, seven-assist season. Four UIC players earned NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region accolades, while Skroce’s Horizon League Player of the Year award, Bubonja’s Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year award and six All-Horizon League Team honorees highlighted the haul. For guiding the Flames to national prominence in 2006, Trask was named the league’s Coach of the Year. The motto “defense wins championships” is one that Trask fully believes in, and it has proven to be the key to success for UIC. In 2006 the Flames set a new school record with 13 shutouts en route to the team’s first Horizon League regular season title since 2000. That record did not last long, as the 2007 UIC men’s soccer team

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busted that mark with 14 clean sheets, including five shutouts in seven postseason matches, to win the school’s first league tournament title in seven years. Trask began to lay the foundation for success in 2005, when the first-year manager guided a team that went 5-12-2 in the fall prior to his arrival to a fantastic 10-5-2 campaign and the sixth-best turnaround in the nation. The Flames stepped up their level of play against top competition in their first season under Trask. UIC earned road victories over Top 25 teams Loyola Marymount and Creighton that season, along with a road draw against 2005 NCAA Tournament team Milwaukee. In addition, the Flames battled to a spring exhibition draw against 2005 NCAA quarterfinalist Akron and fought national power Indiana tooth-and-nail in a preseason road match.

THE JOHN TRASK FILE Coaching Experience: Graduate Assistant Coach, Indiana University (1991-93);

Along with stellar showings against some of the nation’s best teams, UIC also proved to be a club with better preparation and fitness under Trask’s watch. The team’s 5-1-2 record in overtime matches during the 2005 season proves such a statement.

Assistant Coach, Indiana University (1993-99); MLS Assistant Coach, Miami Fusion (2000-01); MLS Assistant Coach, D.C. United (2002-03); MLS Assistant Coach, FC Dallas (2004); Head Coach, University of Illinois at Chicago (2005-present)

UIC’s success in 2005 brought in various individual awards and team recognition. Dundjer, Skroce and Zambrano were named to the 2005 All-Horizon League First Team, while Pawel Otachel earned Second Team honors. Dundjer also became the first UIC player since Joe Morelli in 2002 to earn NSCAA All-Midwest Region Team accolades. The Flames finished the year ranked ninth in the NSCAA/adidas Midwest Region Rankings, the first time UIC has been ranked in the final region poll since 2002, while also receiving votes in the national poll for the first time since 2001.

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Not only has Trask improved UIC’s play on the field, he has already taken enormous steps in upgrading all facets of the program. Night games at Flames Field debuted in 2006 thanks to the installation of lights over the pitch. Theme nights, promotions and other additions to the operation of games at Flames Field have been implemented successfully, helping increase attendance by nearly 700%. Plans for a soccer-specific stadium and other improvements are in the works. The Flames have become more active in the community through Trask’s affiliation with the America SCORES program, an afterschool reading, writing and soccer program dedicated to inner-city children in 16 cities around the country. Trask has served as the lead clinician for the America SCORES Coaches Workshop at the UCLA campus the past three years. Trask, his staff and his players have proven to be a great resource for the America SCORES Chicago chapter with their volunteer involvement in clinics and camps, and Trask and the Flames teamed with Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire to play a charity friendly at Flames Field the past three years and raise over $19,800 for the organization.

Trask came to UIC with an impeccable soccer pedigree. An assistant at Indiana University for nearly a decade under legendary head coach Jerry Yeagley, Trask played a vital role in cultivating a Hoosier dynasty that claimed eight Big Ten titles, reached five College Cups and earned back-to-back National Championships (1998-1999) during his tenure from 1991 through 1999. Indiana amassed an unbelievable 16929-12 record during Trask’s nine seasons, including four 20-win campaigns. Not only did Trask play a vital role in the championship success of the team as a whole, he also assisted in the recruitment and development of the nation’s finest players. Under Trask, Hoosier players amassed five Big Ten Player of the Year awards, 18 All-America honors, 27 All-Region First Team accolades, and 64 All-Big Ten selections. Trask also guided midfielders Brian Maisonneuve and Todd Yeagley to national player of the year honors in 1994, with Maisonneuve earning the Hermann Trophy and Yeagley winning the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year award. Along with Maisonneuve and Yeagley, Trask has had a hand in developing a slew of professionals, Olympians and World Cup players from the Indiana program. Dema Kovalenko, Yuri Lavrinenko, Lazo Alavanja and Pat Noonan are just a few of the former Hoosiers that have gone on to significant post-collegiate success on the soccer field following their tutelage under Trask. During his nine-year run at Indiana, Trask quickly made a name for himself in the national prep ranks, particularly in the Midwest. He served as the men’s state senior coach for the Indiana State Soccer Association from 1992-1995, followed by a five-year reign as the state director of coaching for the ISSA. He has worked extensively with United States Soccer Federation youth national teams in developing

Record Accomplishments 10-5-2 Nation’s sixth-best turnaround 13-3-5 Horizon League Regular Season Champions; NCAA Tournament Second Round; Horizon League Coach of the Year 13-6-6 Horizon League Tournament Champions; NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals; Two Top 10 end-of-year national rankings 12-4-6 Horizon League Regular Season Champions; NCAA Tournament Sweet 16; Horizon League Coach of the Year; Highest national ranking in school history 48-18-19

professional and international players for the U.S. over the course of his coaching career, most recently serving on the staff for the U.S. U-18 team that competed at the prestigious Milk Cup in Northern Ireland during the summer of 2009. Trask also directed the Indiana Soccer Camp for 11 years and developed the famed John Trask Total Soccer series of camps, which he has brought to the UIC campus with a variety of spring and summer offerings for young players. After his successful apprenticeship at Indiana, Trask took his coaching skills to the professional level for five seasons as an assistant in Major League Soccer. Trask began his career in MLS with Miami in 2000, helping the Fusion earn the MLS Supporters’ Shield and a berth into the MLS semifinals in 2001 while serving on the Eastern Conference coaching staff for the 2001 MLS All-Star Game. He guided Alex Pineda Chacon to the league scoring title in 2001 en route to the MLS Honda Most Valuable Player award. Following his two seasons in Miami, Trask spent two years with D.C. United before heading to Dallas as an assistant for the Burn (now FC Dallas). While in Major League Soccer, Trask tutored some of the biggest names in the game. From popular veterans like Preki to young sensations such as U.S. National team member Eddie Johnson, Trask has trained a long list of professional talent from all across the globe. Prior to his coaching career, Trask excelled on the pitch for the Hoosiers as a midfielder. A four-year letterwinner at Indiana from 1984-1987, Trask played for the 1984 College Cup team and two NCAA regional finalists. UIC marks a homecoming of sorts for Trask. Raised in Milwaukee, Wis., Trask was actually born in Chicago and lived in the city for three years prior to moving up north. Trask graduated from Indiana with a bachelor of science degree in management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1990. He also earned a master’s degree in kinesiology in 1993 while serving as a graduate assistant coach with the Hoosiers. Trask and his wife, Jela, were married in February 2008 and reside in the River North neighborhood in downtown Chicago. They recently welcomed a new addition to their family with the birth of their son, Jack, in 2009.

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ASSISTANT COACH SEAN PHILLIPS FIFTH SEASON AT UIC INDIANA (1994)

One of the first moves that John Trask made when he was hired as UIC head coach was bringing Sean Phillips on board as his right-hand man. During his first four seasons as the top assistant coach, Phillips has made an immediate and enormous impact on a UIC program that is arriving on the national soccer scene. One need look no further than UIC’s back-to-back runs to the NCAA Sweet 16 the past two seasons to see the influence Phillips has had on the program. With plenty of postseason experience in hand from his days as a player and coach at Indiana University, Phillips helped guide the Flames past three nationally-ranked foes on the road and qualify for the Elite Eight for the first time in school history in 2007 and advance past fourth-seeded Michigan State to qualify for the 2008 Sweet 16. With a knack for teaching the art of goalkeeping, Phillips’ influence on the style of soccer the Flames play is easily detectable in the numbers. UIC has a team goals-against average of 0.44 and a total of 38 shutouts in the past three seasons, quickly branding the program as a national force on defense. But it is also his attention to detail and work ethic in various facets of the game which cannot be measured with numerical value that makes Phillips one of the top young coaches in the collegiate game today. College Soccer News recognized Phillips as one of the best assistant coaches in the country for his efforts in directing the Flames’ continuous rise into the national soccer consciousness. New single-season school and individual shutout records have been set under Phillips’ watch in each of the past two seasons. A total of 13 shutouts, fueled by 10 shutouts from goalkeeper Jovan Bubonja, set a UIC record in 2006 until a new mark of 14 team clean sheets was set in 2007, with Bubonja shattering his previous best with 12 shutouts. Bubonja posted 10 shutouts during his unanimous First Team All-American campaign in 2008, a year in which the keeper was also a semifinalist for the prestigious Hermann Trophy for the best collegiate soccer player in the country. Like his extensive role in the Flames’ sterling 2007 campaign, Phillips played a tremendous part in UIC’s outstanding 2006 season. With a rookie netminder in Bubonja under Phillips’ guidance, UIC turned in one of the finest defensive years in NCAA history. The 2006 Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year, an All-Horizon League First Team selection and an NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region honoree, Bubonja allowed just eight goals in over 1,930 minutes between the posts to post a 0.37 goals-against average that ranked fourth overall in the country, while his save percentage of .905 ranked third in the nation. His play led UIC to turn in the nation’s best team goals-against average (0.36), which tied for the fourth-best mark all-time, and the best team save percentage (.908) in NCAA history. Those accolades were just the beginning for Bubonja, who earned a bevy of awards in 2007 while training under Phillips. Selection to the College Soccer News All-America Second Team, NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region First Team and All-Horizon League First Team and winning UMBRO/Chicagoland Soccer News Men’s College Soccer Player of the Year and Soccer America Men’s Second Team MVP awards have helped position Bubonja as one of the premier keepers in college soccer. In his first season at UIC Phillips helped second-year netminder Jeff Engelbrecht improve tremendously. Following a rookie season in which he went 4-9-2 and allowed 27 goals for a 1.81 GAA with no shutouts, Engelbrecht flourished

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under Phillips’ tutelage by going 9-5-2, allowing 20 scores for a 1.19 GAA and five clean sheets. Improving the goalkeeping was just one of Phillips’ many major feats the last three years. His comprehensive role in training, scouting, game preparation and on-field coaching has led UIC to a 36-14-13 record, the school’s highest in-season and end-of-season national rankings and longest-ever stretch in the national polls, Horizon League regular season and tournament titles, and back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths that featured the 2007 Elite Eight run. A tireless worker, Phillips has also made a mark with his responsibilities in recruiting, game management, scheduling, marketing, media relations, and various other areas. He also serves as the point person for UIC soccer players for information on training, class scheduling, compliance and rules, financial aid guidance, housing assistance, and other important items. Prior to joining the UIC staff, Phillips served as an assistant coach with the Hoosiers for four seasons, helping Indiana earn two Big Ten titles and three trips to the NCAA College Cup while amassing a sparkling 68-19-4 record. In his final season in Bloomington, Phillips played a vital role in the Hoosiers’ National Championship campaign. Phillips’ main focus as an assistant coach revolved around the daily training of the squad’s goalkeepers. In 2004, Phillips’ goaltending charges posted a paltry 0.63 goals against average, good for seventh in the nation, along with 11 shutouts. Phillips worked closely in the development of NSCAA All-American keeper Jay Nolly, who has gone on to a professional career that includes stops with Real Salt Lake and D.C. United of Major League Soccer and Vancouver of the USL First Division. Outside of his primary duties with the IU goalkeepers, Phillips assisted with the training of field players, which included 2004 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner and Columbus Crew midfielder Danny O’Rourke and current FC Dallas and U.S. National Team defender Drew Moor, along with home game operations, recruiting, academics, media relations and compliance. A native of Dallas, Texas, Phillips holds numerous coaching licenses, including an NSCAA Premier Diploma with Distinction, an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma with Distinction, and an NSCAA Goalkeeper Level III Diploma with Distinction. As a goalkeeper for Indiana from 1991-1994, Phillips made a pair of trips to the College Cup and helped the Hoosiers turn in a 73-15-7 mark. Phillips graduated from Indiana in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and went on to earn his master’s degree in sport management from Indiana in 2001.

Coaching Experience: 2005-Present Assistant Coach, UIC 2000-2002, 2004 Volunteer Assistant Coach, Indiana University

Along with his duties at UIC, Phillips is also the technical director of Chicago United F.C., a new youth soccer club focusing on creating opportunities for young talented players in the City. Phillips and his wife, Allison, reside in Chicago.

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VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH

ASSISTANT COACH

SERGI DANIV FIRST SEASON AT UIC WAKE FOREST (1998)

MINOS VLAMAKIS THIRD SEASON AT UIC

Three-time All-American and former Major League Soccer star Sergi Daniv joins the Flames as an assistant coach this fall. Daniv was an All-American for Wake Forest University in 1995, 1996 and 1998 before pursuing a professional soccer career with a pair of MLS sides, the Dallas Burn and the Chicago Fire, from 1999-2004. “I would like to welcome Sergi Daniv to the staff here at UIC,” said Trask. “Sergi’s knowledge and background in the game will be something that adds to the quality of the program, and the players will be the beneficiaries of that knowledge. “To have a former professional and a three-time All-American on the staff will give insight to our players as to what is needed if they desire to play at the next level,” Trask said. “When I look at our staff for the 2009 season, I believe we have one of the best staffs in the country and I’m looking forward to working with this exceptional group of coaches.” Daniv was a youth international for the USSR. He was a member of the Olympic Reserve Academy, one of the top Ukrainian soccer academies, from 1989-91, and he was a U-14, U-15, and U-16 USSR National Soccer Team player before heading to Winston-Salem, N.C. to play for the Demon Deacons. In addition to his three All-America honors, Daniv was an All-ACC First Team pick in both 1996 and 1998 and an All-ACC Second Team selection as a freshman in 1995. He also garnered All-South Region accolades during those three seasons. He appeared in 45 matches for the Burn and the Fire from 1999 until 2004, making 37 starts along the way. Daniv helped the Burn advance to the 1999 MLS Western Conference Finals, a year in which he was a candidate for league Rookie of the Year honors, and had a 2001 campaign for the Fire in which he posted seven points in 14 matches. His post-playing career exploits have included conducting soccer camps and training for the Soccer Made in America (SMIA) organization from 2004-2005 and serving as a coach for the Chicago Blast club from 2005-2006. Daniv graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in analytical finance from Wake Forest and has a UEFA – A Coaching Diploma from the Football Federation of Ukraine.

In his third season with the UIC men’s soccer coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach is one of the area’s most well-respected young coaches, Minos Vlamakis. Vlamakis has played a huge role with the Flames during the last two seasons, serving on the staff that directed back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 runs and an unprecedented Elite Eight run in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. With myriad duties in the program, Vlamakis plays a key part in the team’s preparation throughout the season. Vlamakis brings a wide array of award-winning experience that he has accumulated over a short period of time. His most recent endeavor includes serving as head coach of RWB Adria, one of the most decorated clubs in the state. Vlamakis maintained that tradition by leading RWB Adria to National Soccer League, Illinois State Cup, and Illinois Open Cup titles in his first year at the helm in 2006, garnering Illinois Soccer Team of the Year accolades. He has also guided the club to finals appearances in the Illinois Amateur Cup (2006, 2007) and the USASA National Open Cup (2007) and led the team to a Midwest Region II Open Cup championship in 2007 that qualified RWB Adria for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Vlamakis has also served as a coach for the Illinois State Select Team since 2004, taking the reigns as head coach in 2006-07. He led the team to four consecutive Midwest Region II Select Team titles and the USASA National Championship at the 2006-07 George F. Donnelly Cup. The 25-year old Elmwood Park native cut his teeth in the coaching ranks as assistant coach for the Assyrian Winged Bull club, where he previously played as a goalkeeper until a back injury took him out of action and guided him to a new calling. As both a player and coach Vlamakis helped Winged Bull to a bevy of state, regional and national titles. From 2005 until 2006 Vlamakis was also an assistant coach for Oakton Community College, where he coached a pair of NSCAA/adidas All-Americans and two regional semi-finalists. Vlamakis was named the 2006 National Soccer League Coach of the Year, the 2006 Illinois State Soccer Association Coach of the Year, and the 2006-07 Midwest Region II Coach of the Year. In January 2006 Vlamakis was named to the Executive Board of the Illinois State Soccer Association, becoming the youngest member of the board in the history of the ISSA at age 24. He has also served as an Executive Administrator for the National Soccer League since 2001 and has been a USSF referee since 2000. A graduate of Loyola, Vlamakis currently resides in Chicago.

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UNDERGRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH

DIRECTOR OF

SOCCER OPERATIONS

DAN SIMEK

Dan Simek, a four-year letterwinner for the Flames from 2005-2008, returns to UIC as an undergraduate assistant coach for the 2009 campaign. Simek, a member of the first recruiting class of the John Trask era, appeared in 53 matches during his UIC career. He totaled five goals and three assists during his tenure with the Flames and was a part of three NCAA Tournament runs, including UIC’s memorable Elite Eight journey in 2007, in addition to two Horizon League regular season champions and the 2007 Horizon League tournament champions. A native of LaGrange, Ill. and a graduate of Lyons Township High School, Simek played at the club level for Sockers FC Chicago.

ROSS CAIN

Ross Cain enters his eighth year with the UIC soccer program and third season as the team’s director of soccer operations. Cain has been on the staff since 2006 after completing an outstanding four-year playing career at UIC in 2005. He served as the Flames’ undergraduate assistant coach for the 2006 NCAA Tournament squad before taking his current position as director of soccer operations and contributing to UIC’s 2007 NCAA Elite Eight and 2008 NCAA Sweet 16 runs. Cain started 37 games between the posts for the Flames, finishing his career with a record of 19-13-2 to go with 194 saves and a career goals-against average of 1.64. He earned Horizon League All-Newcomer Team honors after starting 18 games in goal as a rookie in 2002, tying a UIC single-season record with six clean sheets. In 2003 the Rochester, Minn., native ranked first in the Horizon League in saves with 97 stops, also topping the conference rankings in save percentage (.815) while averaging nearly six saves a match. Cain’s 97 saves also ranked 14th in the entire nation. In addition to his responsibilities at UIC, Cain has made a name for himself in the local club soccer scene. He is currently the Director of Coaching for Chicago United FC.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

NICK ZOSTAUTAS

Nick Zostautas is in his second season as UIC’s head strength and conditioning coach. Zostautas took over the strength and conditioning program at UIC after six seasons as Northwestern’s assistant strength and conditioning coach. During his team in Evanston, Zostautas worked with a variety of Wildcat teams, including the football program. He also trained Northwestern’s NCAA Tournament-qualifying men’s soccer and wrestling squads. Prior to Northwestern, Zostautas worked as an assistant strength coach at North Dakota, where he helped the Fighting Sioux football team win the 2001 NCAA Division II national championship. From January through May of 2001, Zostautas assisted Paul Goldberg, the head strength coach of the Colorado Avalanche, which won the Stanley Cup in 2001. Zostautas began his career as a strength coach at Northwestern in the summer of 2000 as an intern. Zostautas is an accomplished powerlifting competitor, winning the 2003 Colorado State Strongman championship while setting the state record in the Rams’ head carry. For his efforts, Zostautas qualified for the powerlifting amateur national championships. Zostautas graduated from Colorado State in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science before earning a master’s degree in kinesiology from North Dakota in 2003. While at Colorado State, Zostautas was a member of the football team from 1996-97. He also was a hammer thrower and competed in the shot put as a member of the track and field team from 1997-2001. Zostautas is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and is a certified Sport Performance Coach from USAW. He also is a member of the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association.

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DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE

ATHLETIC TRAINER

KRISTI SCHLUCKBIER

MOLLY SULLIVAN

In her second year as the athletic trainer for the UIC soccer team is Kristi Schluckbier.

Lending a helping hand to the UIC soccer team is director of compliance Molly Sullivan.

Schluckbier comes to UIC after serving as an athletic trainer at Loyola since 2005. There she worked with the men’s soccer, softball and women’s volleyball teams for the Ramblers. Her athletic training career began while she was an undergraduate student at Western Michigan, where she served as a student athletic trainer from 2001-2005. Schluckbier worked with a variety of Bronco teams, including the men’s soccer, baseball, football, women’s indoor track and women’s volleyball squads. She also spent the spring of 2005 as a student athletic trainer for Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., working with the men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball teams there. Schluckbier graduated from Western Michigan with a bachelor of science in athletic training in 2005. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at UIC. Schluckbier, who currently resides in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, is a certified athletic trainer with an Illinois license and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. She is also certified in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer with the American Red Cross.

City.

Sullivan is in her second year as UIC’s director of compliance after serving as the compliance coordinator at Fordham University in New York

Prior to her stint at Fordham, Sullivan spent four years at UIC, including the 200506 and 2006-07 academic years as the school’s NCAA eligibility coordinator and an academic advisor for student-athletes. A 2002 graduate of Butler University, Sullivan came to UIC as an assistant ticket manager before working her way up to becoming an assistant in the athletic department’s compliance and academic services office. Sullivan, who earned a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in instructional leadership from UIC in 2005, started her career in athletic administration as an intern for the Horizon League. The former Molly Stearns married Shawn Sullivan in July 2009. The Sullivans reside in Chicago.

ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

ERIC PHILLIPS

Serving the UIC soccer program in a variety of capacities is associate athletic director Eric Phillips. Phillips enters his sixth year on the executive staff at UIC, including his second as the associate athletic director for internal affairs, and his second year as the liaison for the soccer program. As the soccer liaison, Phillips assists the program in numerous areas, including budget planning, competition and practice schedules, facility issues, compliance, academics and many other facets of the program. Phillips became an associate athletic director last year after serving the previous four years as the assistant athletic director for finance. In his role as assistant athletic director, Phillips was responsible for maintaining organized functional operation of all financial transactions within the UIC athletic department. He coordinated travel arrangements and purchases for the entire athletic department and is a member of the Student Fee Advisory Committee and the Travel Advisory Group. Prior to returning to UIC in 2004, Phillips spent six seasons with the Chicago White Sox as the coordinator of media relations. From 1998 through 2004, Phillips served as the team representative for the Sox and coordinated interview requests for players and staff on the national and local levels. Phillips has also worked in a variety of local and national media venues, with experience at ESPN television in Bristol, Conn., WSCR “The Score” sports radio, and WMAQ and WVAZ radio. From 1991-95, Phillips served as an assistant coach for the UIC women’s basketball team. He was responsible for recruiting and scouting for the Flames. Phillips earned two degrees from UIC, a bachelor of arts in communications and a master of science in sports administration. He and his wife, Lynette, have two children, Ethan and Lauren, and reside in Lockport, Ill.

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO ATHLETICS

DENNY WILLS

Serving the UIC soccer program in a variety of capacities is Denny Wills, special assistant to UIC Athletics. Wills has worked for the UIC Athletic Department for the past 22 years in numerous roles. As the special assistant to UIC Athletics, Wills helps the UIC men’s soccer team and all Flames programs in various ways. Wills is also spearheading UIC’s NCAA recertification, a process that all Division I schools must undergo very 10 years. He also currently serves as the liaison to the volleyball and softball teams.

He came to UIC to serve on UIC Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Hallberg’s staff as an assistant men’s basketball coach in 1987, helping the Flames amass 134 victories in nine seasons and recruiting and coaching the likes of all-time greats such as Kenny Williams, Mark Miller and Sherell Ford, the only NBA Draft first-round selection in school history. Prior to 2008, Wills was UIC’s associate athletic director for academic services and compliance and served as the UIC soccer team’s liaision. Wills directed the athletic department’s academic services since 1996. Wills is a 1975 graduate of Saint Xavier, where he was a four-year letterman on the basketball team. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in history, Wills also has a master’s degree in educational administration from Saint Xavier, as well as a master’s degree in physical education from Chicago State University. Wills and his wife, Casey, live in Oak Lawn. They have two sons, Denny and Dave.

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2009 UIC SOCCER

#1 JOVAN BUBONJA Senior • Goalkeeper • 6-2 • 200 Belgrade, Serbia/VI Belgrade/BPI Pekar

2008 & 2009 MISSOURI ATHLETIC CLUB HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST 2008 NSCAA/adidas ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM 2008 COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM 2008 MISSOURI ATHLETIC CLUB HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALIST 2007 UMBRO/CHICAGOLAND SOCCER NEWS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2007 SOCCER AMERICA SECOND TEAM MVP 2007 COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM 2006, 2007 & 2008 ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE FIRST TEAM 2006, 2007 & 2008 NSCAA/adidas ALL-GREAT LAKES FIRST TEAM 2007 HORIZON LEAGUE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM 2007, 2008 & 2009 COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN 2006 & 2008 HORIZON LEAGUE GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR 2006 ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE NEWCOMER TEAM 2006 COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM 2006 SOCCER AMERICA ALL-FRESHMAN SECOND TEAM 2006 TOP DRAWER SOCCER MEN’S COLLEGE FOURTH TEAM 2009: Second straight season on the Watch List for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy for the nation’s top collegiate player…Preseason All-America First Team selection by College Soccer News…the second straight season he is a Preseason First Team All-American and third consecutive year he is a Preseason All-American. 2008: Unanimous First Team All-American as selected by NSCAA/adidas and College Soccer News…joined Baggio Husidic as the first All-America First Team selections in program history…semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy awarded to the nation’s top college soccer player…garnered All-Great Lakes Region First Team honors for the third straight season…named Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year and an All-Horizon League First Teamer…started all but one game…posted a 0.63 goals-against average that ranked 18th nationally…allowed just 14 goals in 21 matches, recording 10 shutouts and helping the Flames register 11 total clean sheets…blanked 2007 national runner-up and 17th-ranked Ohio State on Oct. 8…recorded clean sheets in both of his NCAA Tournament starts, blanking Dayton on Nov. 21 and No. 4 Michigan State on Nov. 25 and making key penalty kick stops to help the Flames advance on both occasions…now has an NCAA postseason goals-against average of 0.35, allowing just three goals in eight career NCAA Tournament matches. 2007: NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection… earned All-America Second Team honors from College Soccer News… selected a Second Team MVP by Soccer America…voted the area’s college player of the year by UMBRO/Chicagoland Soccer News…All-Horizon League First Team honoree…Horizon League All-Tournament team selection after surrendering just one goal on a penalty kick in three matches... finished year with a goals-against average of 0.56, which ranked atop the Horizon League list while rating ninth nationally…owned a save percentage of .797…broke his own school record for shutouts in a single season with 12 clean sheet…surrendered just 14 goals in 24 matches this season and has yet to allow more than two goals in a contest in a UIC kit...held Saint Louis scoreless through regulation and overtime and 10

JOVAN BUBONJA’S CAREER STATS YEAR GP/GS W-L-T MIN 2006 21/21 12-3-5 1930:15 2007 24/24 12-5-6 2258:21 2008 21/21 12-3-6 1993:12 CAREER 66/66 36-11-17 6181:48

GA 8 14 14 36

GAA 0.37 0.56 0.63 0.52

SV SV % SHO 76 .905 10 55 .797 12 57 .803 10 188 .839 32

then stopped three penalty kicks and converted one of his own to help the Flames advance past the Billikens in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament...posted clean sheets in NCAA Tournament wins over Northwestern and Creighton. 2006: Enjoyed a standout rookie campaign, earning Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year, NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region First Team, All-Horizon League First Team, All-Horizon League Newcomer Team, College Soccer News All-Freshman Team, Soccer America All-Freshman Second Team and Top Drawer Soccer Men’s College Fourth Team accolades…ranked fourth in the nation with a 0.373 goals-against average…rated third nationally with a .905 save percentage…allowed just eight goals in over 1,900 minutes of play… started all 21 matches…posted a school-record 10 shutouts while playing in all 13 of UIC’s team shutouts…helped UIC earn the honor of the nation’s top defense in 2006 and post the fourth-best team goals-against average in NCAA history (0.36)… also helped the Flames earn the team statistical title in save percentage (.908), which stands as the NCAA record…posted a clean sheet in his collegiate debut in the Flames’ 1-0 win at then-No. 25 Saint Louis on Aug. 26…made a career-high eight saves at No. 12 Notre Dame in the NCAA Second Round on Nov. 15. 2005: Sat out the season as a medical redshirt after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, retaining four years of eligibility. Prep/Personal: Played keeper for VI Belgradian High School… played for the BPI Pekar club for coach Boban Zivkovic in Belgrade…appeared in 40 matches (17 official and 23 friendlies) with the U-16 and U-17 Serbia and Montenegro National Teams…born September 29, 1986…son of Branko and Branka Bubonja…majoring in criminal, law and justice.

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#22 MIKE GIFFIN

Senior • Back • 6-1 • 170 Burlinton, Ill./Burlington Central H.S./New Mexico 2006 HORIZON LEAGUE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

MIKE GIFFIN’S CAREER STATS YEAR GP/GS G A PTS SH 2005 (UNM) 7/2 0 0 0 2 2006 20/20 0 3 3 13 2007 25/25 2 3 7 32 2008 DID NOT PLAY - MEDICAL REDSHIRT CAREER 52/47 2 6 10 47

2008: Missed the entire season due to a foot injury…received a medical

Cervantes’ game-

redshirt, retaining a year of eligibility.

winning goal in

SOG YC/RC 1 1/0 3 3/1 10 3/0 14

7/1

the 90th minute 2007: One of just two players to start in all 25

at then-No. 7 UC-

of UIC’s matches…recorded a single-

Santa Barbara on

season best seven points with two

Sept. 8…credited

goals and three assists…scored the

with the assist

equalizer in the second half of the

on the game-

NCAA quarterfinal contest at UMass on

winning goal

Dec. 9…had a pair of assists in UIC’s

sent in by Tonci

Horizon League Tournament

Skroce in the

title game win over Green

Flames’ victory at

Bay on Nov. 18...scored

then-No. 25 Saint

his first goal in a UIC kit

Louis on Aug.

and tallied an assist at

26…served in the

Florida Gulf Coast on

corner kick that

Sept. 23...member

was re-directed

of UIC backline

into the back of

that recorded

the net by Cesar

school record

Zambrano for UIC’s first goal in its NCAA Tournament win over Western

14 shutouts

Illinois on Nov. 11.

and finished tops in the Hori-

Prior to UIC: Played one season at 2005 NCAA College Cup runner-up

zon League and

New Mexico…appeared in seven matches, starting two for the Mountain

10th in the nation in

Pacific Sports Federation champion Lobos.

goals-against average (0.60). Prep/Personal: Lettered as a midfielder on the varsity soccer team dur2006: All-Horizon League

ing his freshman and sophomore years at Burlington Central…earned

Newcomer Team honoree…

all-conference and all-area accolades both seasons…played on the

appeared in 20 matches…

club level for Sockers FC Chicago under coach Dave Richardson for four

part of the nation’s top-rat-

years…member of the Sockers Top Talent program as a junior and se-

ed defense, which surren-

nior…won seven state championships while with Sockers FC…also part of

dered just eight goals on

a Jefferson Cup title-winning team (2004) and a Dallas Cup Super Group

the year for an NCAA-best

championship (2005)…played on the Illinois State Select ODP team from

0.36 GAA and turned in a

2000-2004…born December 14, 1986…son of Kenneth and Debbie

school-record 13 shutouts…

Peterson…majoring in industrial design.

tallied three points on the year with a trio of assists… tabbed the assist on Eric

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#6 PAUL KOPEC

Senior • Back • 5-10 • 140 Orland Park, Ill./Sandberg/Western Kentucky/Chicago Magic 2008: Started all 22 matches…key component of defense that recorded

PAUL KOPEC’S CAREER STATS YEAR GP/GS G 2006 (WKU) 16/16 1 2007 (WKU) 18/18 0 2008 22/22 0 CAREER 56/56 1

11 shutouts and a 0.77 goals-against average…assisted on Phillip Mitchell’s marker at Alabama A&M on Sept. 7. Prior to UIC: Played two seasons for Western Kentucky before the school discontinued its men’s soccer program in February 2008…started a total of 34 matches for the Hilltoppers, scoring one goal and assisting on two others during his tenure…2007 All-Missouri Valley Conference Honorable Mention… started all 18 matches for the Hilltoppers in 2007…2006 Missouri Valley All-Freshman Team selection… started all 16 matches, scored a goal and had two assists during rookie campaign. Prep/Personal: Two-time all-state and three-time allconference and all-section team selection at Sandburg…started on 2002 state championship squad as a freshman…named Eagles’ Most Valuable Player as a junior…netted team Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior…played on the club level for the Chicago Magic under coach John Hannan…won two Super-Y League national titles and five state championships with the Magic…born March 18, 1988…son of Walter and Lettie Kopec... psychology major. 12

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#13 PHILLIP MITCHELL Senior • Midfielder • 6-1 • 180 Springfield, Ill./Athens/UIS/S.A.S.A Premier

PHILLIP MITCHELL’S CAREER STATS YEAR GP/GS G A PTS SH 2008 18/7 3 0 6 18 CAREER 18/7 3 0 6 18

SOG YC/RC 7 1/0 7 1/0

2008: Appeared in 18 matches, getting the starting nod seven times… scored three goals…tallied first goal in a Flames kit against Alabama A&M on Sept. 7…struck for goals in back-to-back league matches, scoring against Cleveland State on Sept. 26 and Detroit on Sept. 28. Prior to UIC: Played two seasons for the University of Illinois at Springfield…guided the Prairie Stars to a regional appearance in 2007…garnered academic all-conference honors…Dean’s List student at UIS. Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner for Athens High School in Athens, Ill….2005 All-Sangamo Conference selection… also earned all-sectional accolades in 2005…led the Warriors to a Carlinville Tournament title and a regional championship as a senior…helped Athens set a school record for wins and place second in the Sangamo standings…set school records in most career goals (58) and assists (29)…academic all-state nominee…four-time Lutheran High All-Tournament Team pick…named to Carlinville All-Tournament Team on two occasions…NHSCAA All-Star Team selection…played at he club level for the Springfield Area Soccer Association Premier for nine years under coaches George Jaccoway, Justin Stone, Chad Jones and Renee Tropa…helped the Premier four S.A.S.A. Tournament titles and three Rainbow Classic crowns…also part of a Best of the Midwest Tournament titlist and six other tournament championships…named the club’s Most Valuable Player while leading the Premier in goals… also lettered three years as a guard for the Athens basketball team…born January 18, 1988…son of Phil and Julia Ramirez…majoring in entrepreneurship.

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#14 IAN SARACHAN Senior • Midfielder • 5-6 • 140 Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township/FC United

2008: Started all 22 matches…scored one goal and assisted on

IAN SARACHAN’S CAREER STATS YEAR GP/GS G A 2006 4/0 0 0 2007 23/11 2 2 2008 22/22 1 4 CAREER 49/33 3 6

four others for six points…scored in win over No. 19 Michigan on Sept. 12. 2007: Saw action in 23 matches, earning the starting nod on 11 occasions…tallied a single-season best six points with a pair of goals and two assists…netted the game-winner in the Flames’ NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 win at Creighton on Dec. 1...scored his first collegiate goal in the final seconds of UIC’s NCAA Tournament second round win over Northwestern on Nov. 28...notched his first career assist in the Flames’ win over Milwaukee on Oct. 21…recorded his second helper of the year against Wisconsin on Oct. 28…took three shots, putting one on goal against Saint Louis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 2006: Appeared in four matches as a rookie…took one shot on the year…helped set up one of Cesar Zambrano’s goals at Florida Atlantic on Sept. 17. Prep/Personal: Three-year letterwinner as a midfielder for Warren…earned All-North Suburban, all-state, All-Lake Shore, and Daily Herald and Chicago Sun-Times All-Area recognition…led Warren to regional, sectional, and supersectional titles in 2003-04 to go with an appearance in the state tournament’s Elite Eight… played two years for FC United and coach Robert Meschbach…2005 adidas ESP participant…father Dave is an assistant for Los Angeles Galaxy and served as head coach of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and as an assistant for the U.S. Men’s National Team during the squad’s quarterfinal run in the 2002 FIFA World Cup…born on May 10, 1988… son of Cherie and Dave Sarachan…majoring in sociology.

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SH SOG YC/RC 1 0 0/0 14 5 1/0 22 11 1/0 37 16 2/0


#18 CHARLIE TROUT

#7 ZACH TIERNEY

2008: First season as captain…started all 22 matches…scored five goals…tied for team lead with six assists…accumulated 16 points, the second-most on the squad…named to Soccer America Team of the Week on Sept. 9 after scoring a pair of goals and posting an assist in wins over UAB and Alabama A&M…scored the decisive goal in the 84th minute at UAB on Sept. 5…had both a goal and an assist in a game on three occasions…assisted on Matt Spiess’ goal in the Flames’ NCAA Sweet 16 match against No. 13 North Carolina on Nov. 30.

Prior to UIC: Lettered three seasons for New Mexico from 2006-2008…

Junior • Midfielder • 5-8 • 159 Nottingham, England/Rushcliffe/Gainsborough Trinity FC

Senior • Back • 6-1 • 175 Wildwood, Mo./Christian Brothers/New Mexico/Lou Fusz 2007 All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) First Team…2007 NSCAA/adidas All-Far West Region Second Team…2006 All-MPSF Second Team…led team in assists with five in 2006…appeared in 55 games, starting 54 for the Lobos…has nine career assists, including three last season. Prep/Personal: Two-time NSCAA High School All-American at Christian Brothers in St.

2007: All-Horizon League Newcomer Team member…scored four goals and assisted on four others for 11 points…one of four UIC players to reach double figures in points this season…assisted on Mike Giffin’s goal against UMass in the NCAA quarterfinals on Dec. 9…tallied an assist on the gamewinning goal versus Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...missed four matches due to injury…scored his first two collegiate goals in the Flames’ win at Florida International on Sept. 21…netted the golden goal in the first overtime period in a 1-0 triumph over Bradley on Sept. 29…totaled three points with a goal and an assist versus Wright State on Oct. 14.

Louis…helped Christian Brothers achieve a final NSCAA fall national ranking of No. 5 as a senior…2004 and 2005 adidas ESP participant as one of the nation’s top prep players…2005 adidas ESP camp all-star selection… two-time first team all-state…played five years for the prestigious Lou Fusz Soccer Club from 2001-05…part of three Missouri state club championships and a 2003 national finalist side with Lou Fusz…guided the Chicago

Prep/Personal: Played midfield for Rushcliffe Comprehensive School…also played two years for the Gainsborough Trinity Football Club in Lincolnshire under coach Paul Mitchell…as the club’s two scorer in the midfield, helped Gainsborough earn a berth in the 2006-07 FA Cup…born April 20, 1985…son of Brian and Anita Trout… sociology major. CHARLIE TROUT’S CAREER STATS YEAR GP/GS G A 2007 21/16 4 4 2008 22/22 5 6 CAREER 43/38 9 10

PTS 12 16 28

SH 27 41 68

Magic to the U-19 national finals in 2007…Missouri state ODP and Region II team member… born Jan. 29, 1988…son of Bo and Elise’ Tierney...majoring in

SOG YC/RC 12 1/0 18 3/0 30 4/0

sociology.

ZACH TIERNEY’S CAREER STATS YEAR GP/GS G 2006 (UNM) 19/18 0 2007 (UNM) 18/18 0 2008 (UNM) 18/18 0 CAREER 55/54 0

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PTS SH 5 1 1 1 3 1 9 3

SOG 0 1 0 1

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#12 STEVAN JOVCIC

#10 MATT SPIESS

Junior • Forward • 6-2 • 180 Niles, Ill./Niles West/FC United

Junior • Forward • 5-11 • 177 St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade Prep/Lou Fusz S.C. 2008 ALL HORIZON LEAGUE SECOND TEAM 2008: All-Horizon League Second Team selection…appeared in all 22 matches, starting 19 times…scored five goals and assisted on another for 11 points…scored a pair of goals in a win over Green Bay on Oct. 18… scored the only goal of the game in a win over Milwaukee on Oct. 25. 2007: Appeared in all 25 matches, earning the starting nod in 23 outings…converted the deciding penalty kick to push UIC past Saint Louis in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament...tied for second on the team in goals (5) and points (13)…scored a goal in his collegiate debut versus Marquette on Sept. 2…tallied a pair of goals in the Flames’ win over Milwaukee on Oct. 21…notched his first career multi-goal outing against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 23…assisted on the game-winning goal by Kevin Stoll in UIC’s Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal win over Wright State. 2006: Sat out the season as a redshirt, retaining four years of eligibility. Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner for Chaminade…2005 NSCAA/adidas High School All-American…earned First Team AllMetro Catholic, first team all-state and First Team All-Midwest Region honors… scored 34 goals, the second-most in Chaminade history, in 2005…led the Red Devils to four Metro Catholic Conference crowns…part of Chaminade’s 2003 state runner-up squad… played club soccer for the prestigious Lou Fusz S.C. under coach Don Popovic for four years…part of three consecutive Missouri state titles (2003-05), a 2003 Region 2 title and a second-place national finish with the club…played for the Missouri ODP team from 200406…born November 17, 1987…son of Gregg and Cindy Spiess…majoring in sociology. MATT SPIESS’ YEAR 2007 2008 CAREER

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CAREER STATS GP/GS G 25/23 5 22/22 1 47/42 10

A 3 4 4

PTS 13 6 24

SH 30 22 50

SOG 13 11 25

YC/RC 4/0 1/0 5/0

2008: Appeared in seven matches off of the bench…scored a goal and assisted on another in win over Cleveland State on Sept. 26. 2007: Appeared in 10 matches as a reserve in his first season of competition with the Flames…tallied an assist on Cesar Zambrano’s second goal against Wright State on Oct. 14. 2006: Sat out the season as a redshirt, retaining four years of eligibility. Prep/Personal: Fouryear lettwinner for Niles West…All-Central Suburban League selection…two-time all-sectional honorable mention…paced the Wolves to the 2005 Central Suburban League Championship…played two years with FC United under coach Robert Meschbach in Wilmette, Ill….won the 2006 Premiership title with FC United…born May 1, 1988…son of Gradimir and Gordana Jovcic…majoring in sociology.

STEVAN JOVCIC’S CAREER STATS YEAR GP/GS G A 2007 10/0 0 1 2008 7/0 1 1 CAREER 17/0 1 2

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SH 4 3 7

SOG YC/RC 1 0/0 2 0/0 3 0/0


#11 KEVIN STOLL

Junior • Forward • 5-7 • 150 St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade Prep/Scott Gallagher SC 2007 ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNAMENT TEAM 2008: Played in all 22 matches, starting 16 times…tallied 15 points on five goals and five assists…named Horizon League Player of the Week on Nov. 3 after assisting on a pair of goals against Valparaiso on Oct. 31 and scoring the first goal in a league regular season title-clinching win over Loyola on Nov. 2… scored a goal in the 73rd minute against then No. 1 Santa Clara on Sept. 1 that proved to be the decisive tally.

#5 ROBERT YOUNGER Junior •Back• 6-2 • 160 Hull, England/The Read School/Hull City

2008 NSCAA/adidas ALL-GREAT LAKES REGION SECOND TEAM 2007 HORIZON LEAGUE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM 2008: NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region Second Team…Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year…All-Horizon League First Team…started all 22 matches on the backline…led a defense that posted 11 shutouts and posted a 0.77 goals-against average…helped the Flames record clean sheets in NCAA Tournament matches against Dayton and No. 4 Michigan State…named ChicagolandSoccerNews.com Player of the Month in for September showing in which Flames went unbeaten in eight matches and post five shutouts.

2007: Played in 19 matches as a rookie, with six starts to his credit…scored four goals, all of which were tallied in UIC’s final seven matches...tallied the game-winning goal with a header versus Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 28...named to the Horizon League All-Tournament team after three goals in UIC’s three league tourney matches...scored the golden goal versus Milwaukee in the league tournament semifinals on Nov. 16...picked a big spot for his first collegiate goal, collecting what would prove to be the game-winning marker in UIC’s Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal win over Wright State on Nov. 11…tallied UIC’s first marker in the 39th minute against Green Bay in the league tournament title match.

2007: Appeared in all 25 matches, starting 24…Horizon League All-Tournament Team honoree...posted five points during the year, with five assists to his credit…assisted on UIC’s game-winning marker against Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 28...picked up an assist on the team’s first marker in its 3-1 win over Green Bay in the Horizon League Tournament title match...assisted on Baggio Husidic’s game-winning goal at Loyola on Nov. 3…registered an assist in UIC’s quarterfinal victory over Wright State in the Horizon League Tournament…recorded his first collegiate point with an assist against Milwaukee on Oct. 21… member of UIC backline that recorded school record 14 shutouts and finished tops in the Horizon League and 10th in the nation in goals-against average (0.60).

Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner for Chaminade…All-Metro Catholic Conference First Team and all-state first team honoree in 2006…guided Chaminade to the 2006 Missouri state championship…led the Red Devils to three Metro Catholic Conference championships…All-Metro Catholic Conference Third Teamer and All-State Honorable Mention as a junior…played five years for the prestigious Scott Gallager Soccer Club in St. Louis under coaches Tom Howe and Skip Grossman…guided club to a Region II title and a third-place national finish in 2006…part of Midwest Regional League U-16 and U-17 championship teams… member of the Missouri state U-15 and Region II ’89 U-15 and U-16 ODP teams…born February 23, 1989…son of Michael Stoll and Susan May…communications major. KEVIN STOLL’S CAREER YEAR GP/GS 2007 19/6 2008 22/16 CAREER 41/22

STATS G 4 5 9

A 0 5 5

PTS SH 8 17 15 29 23 46

Prep/Personal: Captain on the backline for the Read School…captained the Lincolnshire County F.A. U-18 team that reached the final four at the 2006 National Championship…also served as captain of the Lincolnshire School Boys County U-18 state team that reached the round of eight in the 2005 National Championship… spent six years playing with the Hull City Academy Youth Team under coach Peter Taylor…also competed for the England School Boy U-18 squad that won the Centenary Shield and went undefeated in 2005-06…born April 2, 1988…son of Jane Blackledge and Trevor Younger… sociology major.

SOG YC/RC 8 1/0 14 3/0 22 4/0

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SOG YC/RC 2 5/0 2 3/0 4 8/0

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#25 DEREK HUFFMAN #4 MORIBA DIALLO Sophomore •Midfielder• 6-3 • 180 Bristol, Ind./Northridge/FC Indiana

Sophomore• Midfielder • 6-0 • 160 Elgin, Ill./Larkin/Schwaben AC

2008: Appeared in 10 games as a reserve…made collegiate debut against Alabama A&M on Sept. 7…scored first collegiate goal in game-winning

2008: Appeared in 19 games, starting twice…scored first collegiate goal with five minutes remaining in 1-0 win at Marquette on Oct. 2.

fashion, netting the decisive marker in the 69th minute at Valparaiso on

2007: Appeared in five games, mak-

Oct. 31.

ing two starts, before a leg injury ended his season…earned a medi-

2007: Sat out the year as a redshirt, retaining

cal redshirt, retaining four years of

four years of eligibility.

eligibility.

Prep/Personal: Two-year letterwinner as

Prep/Personal: Lettered as

a forward for Larkin…All-Upstate 8,

a defensive midfielder for

all-area and all-sectional selec-

Northridge H.S. in Middlebury,

tion…led Royals with 17 goals as

Ind….selected to the 2006

a senior…played for Schwaben

NSCAA/adidas High School Boys All-Region IV (Central)

AC for five years under coach

Team…all-state first team

Marcus Laxgang…part of

selection…All-Northern Light

Schwaben’s state finalist

Conference honoree…all-region

squad…born October 10,

and all-district…guided Raiders

1988…son of Robert and

to sectional and regional titles

Debra Huffman…majoring

and a semi-state runner-up finish

in business.

as a senior…played on the club level with FC Indiana for three years under coach Shek Borkowski…twotime Premier League MVP…part of two state championship teams and three league championship squads…won the 2005 Region 2 title and the 2005 U.S. Open championship…member of the U.S. National Men’s Amateur Team in 2006…born January 1, 1988…son of Thomas and Nancy Sutula…major is international studies.

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SH 4 4

SOG YC/RC 3 0/0 3 0/0

MORIBA DIALLO’S CAREER STATS YEAR GP/GS G A 2007 5/2 0 0 2008 19/2 1 0 CAREER 24/4 1 0

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SH 2 10 12

SOG 2 7 9

YC/RC 0/0 2/0 2/0


#27 ALEX LONCAR

Sophomore •Midfielder • 5-9 • 155 Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley/Chicago Fire Juniors

#21 DREW WOLFE Sophomore • Midfielder • 6-2 • 180 Elgin, Ill./Larkin/Schwaben

2008: Appeared in one match, making collegiate debut

2008: Appeared in 10 games as

against Cleveland State on Sept. 26.

a reserve…made collegiate debut on Sept. 5 at UAB…played in all

2007: Sat out the year as a redshirt, retain-

three of UIC’s NCAA Tournament

ing four years of eligibility.

matches.

Prep/Personal: Lettered as a forward

2007: Sat out the year as a

for Neuqua Valley…All-Upstate 8

redshirt, retaining four years

Honorable Mention…2006 Boys

of eligibility…started for the

All-City Second Team…played

Flames in a spring 2008

four years with the Chicago

exhibition match against

Fire Juniors club under

the Chicago Fire.

coach Larry Sunderland in Wheaton, Ill….guided

Prep/Personal: Four-

the Juniors to the

year letterwinner for

Best of the Midwest

Larkin…four-year team

Championship in

captain of the Royals…

2005…born No-

All-Upstate 8 and all-area

vember 25, 1988…

selection…led Larkin in

son of Robert and

assists as a junior (16)

Cheri Loncar…major-

and senior (19)…played

ing in accounting and

for Schwaben AC for four

finance.

years under coach Marcus Laxgang…part of the team’s second-place state finish in 2006…played for the state ODP team in 2004…born September 17, 1988…son of Kevin and Pamela Wolfe…majoring in finance.

ALEX LONCAR’S CAREER YEAR GP/GS 2008 1/0 CAREER 1/0

STATS G A 0 0 0 0

PTS 0 0

SH 0 0

SOG YC/RC 0 0/0 0 0/0

DREW WOLFE’S CAREER YEAR GP/GS 2008 10/0 CAREER 10/0

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PTS SH 0 2 0 2

SOG YC/RC 0 0/0 0 0/0

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ALVAREZ

#2 JOSH BEARD

2008: Did not appear in a match.

Prep/Personal: 2009 U.S. U-18 Men’s

#15 FRANCISCO

Freshman• Midfielder • 5-8 • 155 Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg Sockers FC Chicago

Junior• Midfielder • 5-8 • 158 Guadalajara, Mexico/Clear Lake SMU/Classic Premier

National Team camp player...lettered Prior to UIC: Attended Southern Methodist

four years as a forward, midfielder and

University for two years.

defender for Schaumburg…2007 and 2008 all-state…2007 and 2008 All-Midwest Suburban League…two-time

Prep/Personal: Lettered two seasons as a midfielder on the soccer team

Chicago Sun-Times All-Area First Team…two-time Daily Herald All-Area

at Clear Lake High School in Houston, Texas…two-time first team all-dis-

First Team…part of two regional championships, a sectional champion-

trict honoree…team leader in assists…served as Clear Lake’s captain as a

ship and a Midwest Suburban League crown with the Saxons…led team

junior…played on the club level for the Classics Premier in Houston under

with 19 goals and a school-record 21 assists as a senior…scored team-

coach Mike Rifai for two years…served as the club’s captain for both

high 17 goals as a junior…spent eight years with Sockers FC Chicago and

years…named to the South Texas ’88 state team…attended the Region

coach Dave Richardson…part of Sockers’ 2007 state title-winning side…

III camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala….born January 27, 1988…son of Francisco J.

born May 23, 1991…son of James and Diane Beard…majoring in business

Alvarez and Gabriela Morales…majoring in business.

entrepreneurship.

#19 BART

BOGUSZEWSKI

#32 FELIPE CARRASCO

2008: Sat out the season as a redshirt,

Prep/Personal: Played three seasons for

retaining four years of eligibility.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn….

Freshman• Midfielder • 5-9 • 160 Belvidere, Ill./Boylan Catholic Rockford/Campton Raptors

Freshman• Back• 5-9 • 165 Iowa City, Iowa/Shattuck-St. Mary’s Iowa Soccer Club

part of the Sabres’ 2008 U.S. Club SocPrep/Personal: Three-year letterwinner

cer Regional championship…began prep

for Rockford Boylan…guided the Titans to a third-place finish in the 2007

career with Iowa City West High, winning a Mississippi Valley Conference

IHSA tournament and a 2006 sectional title…NIC-9 Scholar-Athlete…

title…played 10 years for the Iowa Soccer Club and coach Jon Cook in Iowa

played nine years for the Rockford/Campton Raptors under coach Louis

City, Iowa…spent five seasons with the Iowa ODP, spending the 2006-07

Mateus…part of a Raptors squad that finished second at the 2007

campaign as the captain…2007 Region II pool player…born February 24,

USYSA Regionals…also helped club finish fourth at the USYSA Nationals

1991…son of Enrique and Pam Carrasco…undecided on a major.

in 2005…also part of 2004 USYSA National finalists…member of the Illinois state ODP team…member of the first Chicago Fire Academy class in 2007… born October 3, 1989…son of Kazmierz and Maria Boguszewski… majoring in psychology.

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#29 ASA CARSON

#24 NATE DOWNING

2008: Sat out the season as a redshirt,

2008: Did not appear in a match.

Junior • Back • 5-10 • 159 Columbus, Ind./Columbus North Westside United

Freshman• Back• 6-0 • 160 Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley Windy City Pride S.C. retaining four years of eligibility.

2007: Did not appear in a match. Prep/Personal: Three-year letterwinner on the backline for Neuqua Valley…guided Wildcats to 2007 state

2006: Sat out the year as a redshirt, retaining four years of eligibility.

runner-up finish…helped Neuqua Valley secure an undefeated Upstate Eight record in 2007…part of a pair of Upstate Eight titlists…two-time

Prep/Personal: Three-year letterwinner for Columbus North…All-Confer-

All-Upstate Eight selection…2007 all-area…2007 Chicago Tribune All-Area

ence Indiana selection as a senior…garnered third team all-state acco-

Special Mention…three-time academic all-conference honoree…played

lades as a senior…two-time all-district honoree…set a school record in the

10 years for the Windy City Pride Soccer Club under former UIC great Ko

40-yard dash…lettered two years on the Columbus North basketball team

Thanadabouth…ODP state team alternate…invited to play in ODP friendly

at point guard…played two years for the Westside United club...an alter-

against U17 National Team in Bradenton…born February 26, 1990…son of

nate for the state’s ODP 88…born January 17, 1988…son of Ben Downing

Russel and Carole Carson…undecided on a major.

and Lori Thompson…majoring in sociology.

#28 ALEN EJUPOVIC

#33 PHIL GALOUNIS

Prior to UIC: Played for Triton College in

Prep/Personal: Lettered four years as a

River Grove, Ill. in 2008…NJCAA Division

midfielder and forward for Lincoln-Way

III All-Region IV First Team…2008 NSCAA/

Central…all-state honoree…guided the

Junior• Midfielder • 6-3 • 180 Chicago, Ill./Foreman Triton College/N.K. Prijedor

Freshman•Midfielder• 5-11 • 190 New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central AS Monaco/Chicago Magic

adidas Junior College Division III Men’s

Knights to three conference titles…led

All-North Region Second Team pick…helped Triton to an NJCAA III national

team in goals the last three seasons…set a school record with four assists

runner-up finish to go with a Region IV title and a District 2 crown.

in a game against New Trier…all-tournament team for Pepsi Showdown… school’s offensive player of the year from sophomore to senior seasons…

Prep/Personal: Three-year letterwinner in the midfield for Foreman…

spent 11 years with AS Monaco/Chicago Magic under coach Todd Bailey…

team’s defender of the year as a junior and senior…helped the Hornets tie

three-time state champion and three-time regional champion…named Su-

for a conference title…played four years for N.K. Prijedor under coach and

per Y League national championship MVP…guided club to Super Y League

father Emsud Ejupovic…brother of former UIC player Adnan Ejupovic…born

national title…part of state ODP team and regional pool…born September

August 4, 1989…son of Emsud and Semira Ejupovic…majoring in criminal

14, 1990…son of Evangelos and Cathleen Galounis…plans to major in

justice.

business-marketing.

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#34 ZACH KALETA

#00 PIOTR KIKLOSKI

Prep/Personal: Played four years as a left

Prep/Personal: Two-year letterwinner

back for Top Talent and five years with

between the posts for Maine South…All-

Sockers FC…helped Top Talent go unde-

Central Suburban League and All-Sec-

feated and place first during the 2008-09

tional selection…played for the Chicago

Freshman• Goalkeeper • 6-3 • 215 Harwood Heights, Ill./Maine South Chicago Fire Academy

Freshman • Back • 6-2 • 175 Barrington, Ill./Barrington Top Talent/Sockers FC Chicago

indoor season…helped Sockers win 2006 Disney Showcase champion-

Fire Academy and coach Larry Sunderland for a year…also played for F.C.

ship, 2007 State Cup, and a 2007 U.S. Club Regional final berth…mem-

United for three years, as well as Blyskawica and AAC Eagles…has a year

ber of state ODP team…born April 20, 1991…son of Bernard and Kathy

of ODP experience…born November 25, 1990…son of Marek and Ewa

Kaleta…undecided on a major.

Kikloski…undecided on a major.

#26 DAVID MARTINEZ

#35 TIM O’CONNOR

Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner for

Prep/Personal: Lettered two years as

Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s

a forward for St. Louis University High

South Side…three-time All-Chicago

School…2008 first team all-metro and

Freshman• Forward • 5-9 • 150 Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel Atl. Nacional (CLASA)

Freshman• Back• 5-9 • 165 St. Louis, Mo./St Louis Univ. High Lou Fusz

Catholic League…2007 all-state and

first team all-state…helped the Jr. Bil-

all-Midwest…2006 all-area…guided the Caravan to four regional titles, a

likens rattle off the longest winning streak in the nation and the longest

2006 sectional crown and two Chicago Catholic League championships…

win streak in school history as a senior…helped SLUH win the 2008 Metro

led Mount Carmel in goals three straight seasons, scoring 30 in 2007,

Catholic Conference championship, CYC tournament championship and a

to set the school record for career goals with 97…played four years for

first-place ranking in the area by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch…Jr. Billikens

Atl. Nacional under coach Narciso Cuevas in the Chicago Latin American

were ranked as high as fourth in the nation in 2008…led SLUH in goals

Soccer Association (CLASA)…club’s leading scorer three straight years…

(18), assists (six) and points (42)…played four years for the Lou Fusz

part of three CLASA league championship teams…Copa Chivas All-First

Soccer Club under coach Don Popvich…part of a state championship and

Team pick…born December 5, 1989…son of Jose and Virginia Martinez…

three state runner-up finishes…began prep career at St. John Vianney…

undecided on a major.

born September 25, 1990…son of Robert and Karen O’Connor…majoring in architecture.

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#20 JOE RADICE

#0 MALACHY OKEKE

Freshman•Midfielder• 5-10 • 160 St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade Prep Scott Gallagher S.C.

Freshman•Goalkeeper• 6-6 • 210 Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben MSC Wilsla S.A.C. 2008: Did not appear in a match.

Prep/Personal: Played goalkeeper for Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center… played two years for Wisla S.A.C….helped Wisla place second at the 2008 Schwaben Tournament…a four-year letterwinner as a forward on Von Steuben’s basketball team…helped the Panthers win four consecutive Red North and regional championships on the hardwood…honored with the Von Steuben Coach’s Award for both soccer and basketball…born September 1, 1990…son of Peter and Jacinta Okeke…majoring in physical therapy.

#31 STEVE PURDY

Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner as a midfielder and forward for Chaminade… helped the Red Devils win a district title as a senior…team captain and offensive MVP in 2008…all-state, all-metro and All-Metro Catholic Conference as a senior…one of the top 10 “Players to Watch” named by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch…guided Chaminade to a 21-4-1 record as a junior in 2007, pushing the Red Devils to a No. 1 ranking in both the state and the country…played two years with the St. Louis Scott Gallagher U-18 Academy Team under coach Tom Howe…named to 2008 U-18 U.S. Developmental Academy Starting XI for Midwest Conference…played six years on the Missouri ODP team, winning a Region II title in 2006…attended four regional

Junior• Goalkeeper • 6-2 • 175 St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North Marquette Rockford/Campton Raptors

camps…an eight-year member of the Busch Soccer Club…born August 23, 1990…son of Bob and Maureen Radice…undecided on a major.

#22 ALEX RICKETT

2008: Sat out the season due to NCAA transfer guidelines. Prior to UIC: Played the 2007 season at Marquette University….appeared in seven contests as a true freshman, starting between the posts on six occasions…posted a 1.50 goals-against average in just over 661 minutes…made 31 saves.

Junior • Forward • 5-9 • 150 Northville, Mich./Northville/Maine Michigan Wolves

Prep/Personal: Played goalkeeper for St. Charles North H.S….All-Upstate Eight First Team and Chicago Tribune All-Section selection as a senior… played on the club level for the Rockford/Campton Raptors under coach Louis Mateus…won an indoor national title with the Raptors…born September 14, 1989…son of Norman and Valerie Purdy.

#36 NED PAVLOVIC

Freshman • Midfielder • 6-0 • 165 Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook South Sockers FC Chicago

Prior to UIC: Played for the University of Maine for the last two seaons…appeared in 34 matches, making 32 starts…tallied three career goals and an assist for the

Black Bears.

Prep/Personal: Leading scorer for Northville High School for three straight seasons…second team all-state and team MVP as a senior…played for the Michigan Wolves Soccer Club…helped Wolves to the USYSA regional semifinals and the Super Y national finals…ODP state team player for three years…born Nov. 22, 1988…son of Michael and Julie Rickett.

Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner as a midfielder and forward for Glenbrook South…team captain and All-Central Suburban League selection in 2008…guided the Titans to a 2007 regional title…led Titans in points during his junior and senior seasons…played four years for Sockers FC under coach Dave Richardson…won a U-16 state championship with Sockers…born May 20, 1991…son of Vukasin and Stamenka Pavlovic…undecided on a major.

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#16 PAUL

#17 BRANDON

Junior• Midfielder• 5-10• 160 Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley Bradley/Chicago Magic

Junior• Midfielder• 5-11• 164 Shawnee, Kan./Maranatha Academy Coffeyville C.C.

TRACY

WALLACE

Prior to UIC: Lettered two years for Brad-

2008: Sat out the season as a redshirt,

ley University…appeared in 41 matches

retaining two years of eligibility.

in his career…three career goals and Prior to UIC: Played two seasons at Cof-

four career assists with the Braves…part of Bradley’s 2007 Elite Eight team…2007 Missouri Valley Conference All-

feyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas…part of 2006 Region VI

Freshman Team.

championship squad…earned 2007 National Junior College Athletic Association Fall Academic Team honors…two-time Kansas Jayhawk Community

Prep/Personal: Two-time all-state pick and NSCAA All-Midwest Region honoree for Waubonsie Valley…2006 all-area pick by the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and Naperville Sun…guided the Warriors to three Upstate 8 Conference titles…member of the Chicago Magic club under coach Mike Matkovich…helped the Magic win three national titles…ODP state team and regional pool player…born June 23, 1989…son of Preston and Mary Tracy…majoring in business/finance.

College Conference Player of the Week. Prep/Personal: Lettered three years as a forward and midfielder on the Maranatha Academy soccer team…first team all-state and first team all-metro selection…guided the Eagles to a 4A state championship…also lettered three years on the tennis team and two years as a point guard on the basketball team…born December 10, 1987…son of Charles and

#8 IVAN

Donna Wallace…majoring in nursing.

STANISAVLJEVIC

#23 TIM

Freshman • Midfielder • 5-7• 165 Belgrade, Serbia/Sportska Gimnazija Radnicki Novi Beograd

WALSH

Radnicki Novi Beograd club in Belgrade,

Junior• Midfielder• 6-1• 180 Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley University of Tampa/Chicago Magic

Serbia…club was ranked fourth in the

2008: Did not appear in a match.

Prep/Personal: Played five years for the

Serbian U-19 First Division…has also played for the U-19 Serbian National Team…born October 12, 1989…son of Tomislav and Dragana Stanisavljevic…undecided on a major.

#30 CHRIS VIDOS

Freshman • Goalkeeper • 5-8 • 174 Oak Lawn, Ill./Brother Rice/Inter FC Prep/Personal: Played goalkeeper for Brother Rice High School and coach Nick Markulin…played at the club level for Inter F.C. for coach Matt Prunckle…won 2009 U-18 Illinois State Cup…advanced to Midwest Region Championships…National Honor Society student… born August 2, 1991…son of Doby and Eleanor Vidos…plans to major in architecture. 24

Prior to UIC: Spent two years on the men’s soccer team at the University of Tampa…part of team that won a regional title and advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen in 2007… also helped Spartans post14-4-1 record and clinch a Sunshine State Conference title that season…made 2007 Dean’s List. Prep/Personal: Three-year letterwinner as a central midfielder for the Neuqua Valley soccer team…two-year captain for the Wildcats…led Neuqua Valley with 16 goals as a senior…won three Upstate Eight and regional titles and was part of 2003 state championship squad…earned All-Upstate Eight, all-area, all-sectional, and all-state honorable mention selections during prep career…named a Naperville Sun Player to Watch… garnered Quincy Invitational All-Tournament Team accolades…played seven years for the Chicago Magic club under coach John Hannan…part of six state championships, five Region II championships, a trio of Top 3 USYSA National finishers, a U.S. Club Regional titlist and a Super Y-League championship with the Magic…spent three years with the Illinois ’88 ODP state team…has played soccer in Belgium, France, Brazil and Argentina… born March 5, 1988…son of Tim and Mary Walsh…majoring in economics.

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2008 UIC SOCCER GAME RESULTS RECORD:

ALL GAMES LEAGUE NON-LEAGUE

DATE OPPONENT 8/29 9/1 9/5 9/7 9/12 9/19 9/21 9/26 9/28 10/2 10/5 10/8 10/11 10/15 10/18 10/25 10/31 11/2 11/14 11/21 11/25 11/30

OVERALL (12- 4- 6) ( 6- 1- 1) ( 6- 3- 5)

RESULT/SCORE

UMKC #5 SANTA CLARA at UAB at Alabama A&M at Michigan% PRINCETON^ LOYOLA MARYMOUNT^ CLEVELAND STATE* DETROIT* at Marquette at Wright State* #17 OHIO STATE at Butler* at Michigan State GREEN BAY* at Milwaukee* at Valparaiso* LOYOLA* LOYOLA! DAYTON@ at #4 Michigan State@ at #23 North Carolina@

T, 2-2 (2OT) W, 4-3 W, 1-0 W, 4-1 W, 4-1 W, 2-0 T, 0-0 (2OT) W, 5-0 W, 2-0 W, 1-0 T, 1-1 (2OT) T, 0-0 (2OT) L, 0-1 L, 1-3 W, 2-0 W, 1-0 W, 2-1 W, 2-1 L, 0-1 T, 0-0 (2OT) T, 0-0 (2OT) L, 2-3 (OT)

HOME

( 6- 1- 4) ( 4- 0- 0) ( 2- 1- 4)

ATTN

842 956 974 30 317 1,010 577 705 621 335 414 2,438 417 189 701 357 298 870 749 409 1,115 277

AWAY

( 6- 3- 2) ( 2- 1- 1) ( 4- 2- 1)

NEUTRAL ( 0- 0- 0) ( 0- 0- 0) ( 0- 0- 0)

UIC GOALS (ASSISTS)

A. Husidic 51’ (B. Husidic) B. Husidic 84’ (penalty kick) Spiess 3’ (Sarachan, A. Husidic) B. Husidic 22’ (Trout) Trout 35’ (unassisted) Stoll 73’ (unassisted) Trout 84’ (B. Husidic) Mitchell 7’ (Trout, Kopec) Stoll 13’ (unassisted) B. Husidic 80’ (unassisted) Stoll 83’ (unassisted) A. Husidic 9’ (Trout) B. Husidic 50’ (penalty kick) Sarachan 52’ (Spiess) Trout 72’ (unassisted) B. Husidic 40’ (Trout) Trout 81’ (A. Husidic) B. Husidic 18’ (Stoll) Mitchell 39’ (Serrato) B. Husidic 66’ (penalty kick) Jovcic 81’ (Laxgang) Simek 85’ (Jovcic) Stoll 24’ (B. Husidic) Mitchell 83’ (B. Husidic) Diallo 85’ (unassisted) McMahon 48’ (Sarachan) Trout 30’ (penalty kick) Spiess 30’ (B. Husidic, Trout) Spiess 48’ (Stoll, Sarachan) Spiess 56’ (unassisted) B. Husidic 20’ (Stoll) Huffman 69’ (Stoll) Stoll 22’ (B. Husidic, A. Husidic) McMahon 51’ (Stoll, Sarachan) (UIC advances on PKs, 3-1) (UIC advances on PKs, 3-2) Spiess 19’ (Trout) B. Husidic 71’ (unassisted)

% - Michigan Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.); ^ - Chicago Classic (Chicago, Ill.); * - Horizon League match; ! - 2008 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship; @ - 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship

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Baggio Husidic

Jovan Bubonja

Pat McMahon

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2008 UIC FLAMES SOCCER FINAL STATISTICS ## 8 18 11 10 14 13 2 7 12 4 25 16 6 9 23 5 21 30 27 26 1

Name GP-GS G A Pts Sh HUSIDIC, Baggio 22-22 9 6 24 44 TROUT, Charlie 22-22 5 6 16 41 STOLL, Kevin 22-16 5 5 15 29 SPIESS, Matt 22-19 5 1 11 20 HUSIDIC, Alen 22-22 2 3 7 11 MITCHELL, Phillip 18-7 3 0 6 18 SARACHAN, Ian 22-22 1 4 6 22 MCMAHON, Pat 22-22 2 0 4 10 JOVCIC, Stevan 7-0 1 1 3 3 DIALLO, Moriba 19-2 1 0 2 10 HUFFMAN, Derek 10-0 1 0 2 4 SIMEK, Dan 7-0 1 0 2 4 KOPEC, Paul 22-22 0 1 1 5 SERRATO, Julian 22-22 0 1 1 2 LAXGANG, Andreas 5-0 0 1 1 1 YOUNGER, Robert 22-22 0 0 0 5 WOLFE, Drew 10-0 0 0 0 2 KELLIHER, Taylor 3-1 0 0 0 0 LONCAR, Alex 1-0 0 0 0 0 DOMENICO, Joey 1-0 0 0 0 0 BUBONJA, Jovan 21-21 0 0 0 0 Total............... 22 36 29 101 231 Opponents........... 22 18 11 47 168

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BUBONJA, Jovan 21-21 KELLIHER, Taylor 3-1 TEAM Total............... 22 Opponents........... 22

GOALTENDERS

GOALS BY PERIOD

GP

1st

UIC................. OPPONENTS...........

15 7

SHOTS BY PERIOD

1st

SAVES BY PERIOD

1st

UIC................. OPPONENTS...........

UIC................. OPPONENTS...........

106 70

23 45

CORNERS BY PERIOD 1st UIC................. OPPONENTS...........

46 25

FOULS BY PERIOD

1st

UIC................. OPPONENTS...........

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123 144

Shot% .205 .122 .172 .250 .182 .167 .045 .200 .333 .100 .250 .250 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .156 .107

Minutes GA Avg Sv Pct

1993:12 111:10 0:00 2104:22 2104:22

14 4 0 18 36

0.63 57 3.24 6 0.00 3 0.77 66 1.54 77

.803 .600 1.000 .786 .681

2nd

OT

OT2 Total

2nd

OT

OT2 Total

2nd

OT

OT2 Total

2nd

OT

OT2

Total

2nd

OT

OT2

Total

21 10

108 84

34 23

39 57

148 159

0 1

7 9

5 4

2 4

4 11

0 0

231 168

4 5

10 11

W

12 0 0 12 4

36 18

10 5

8 1

SOG SOG% 21 .477 18 .439 14 .483 12 .600 3 .273 7 .389 11 .500 7 .700 2 .667 7 .700 3 .750 2 .500 4 .800 0 .000 0 .000 2 .400 0 .000 0 .000 0 .000 0 .000 0 .000 113 .489 84 .500

66 77

95 87

285 325

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3 1 0 4 12

T

6 0 0 6 6

YC-RC GW 3-0 3 3-0 1 3-0 3 1-0 2 4-0 0 1-0 0 1-0 0 3-0 1 0-0 0 2-0 1 0-0 1 0-0 0 3-0 0 2-0 0 0-0 0 3-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 29-0 12 42-4 4

Sho

10 0 1 11 6

PK-ATT 3-4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 4-5 2-3


UIC SOCCER RECORD BOOK CAREER RECORDS Points

1. 133 2. 94 3. 87 4. 64 5. 63

Goals

1. 50 2. 37 3. 32 4. 24 6. 22

Assists 1. 33 2. 25 3. 23 5. 22 Wins 1. 38 2. 36 4. 19 5. 14

Eric Lukin (1997-2000) Dennis King (2000-03) Eugenio Raso (1993-96) Mike Rigas (1991-92) Ko Thanadabouth (1986-89) Greg Chrisman (1997-00) Eric Lukin (1997-2000) Dennis King (2000-03) Eugenio Raso (1993-96) Mike Rigas (1991-92) Pavle Dundjer (2004-2007) Andy Manton (1993-96)

Eric Lukin (1997-2000) Greg Christman (1997-2000) Ko Thanadabouth (1986-89)

Eugenio Raso (1993-96) Ryan Lindgren (1996-99)

SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS Points

1. 56 2. 46 3. 40 4. 30 5. 28

Goals

1. 21 2. 17 3. 15 4. 12 5. 11

Assists Chris Jamal (1996-2000) Gary Fleming (1994-97) Jovan Bubonja (2006-present) Ross Cain (2002-2005) Pete DeRobertis (1985-87) Roman Geisor (1981-82)

1. 14 2. 12 3. 11 5. 10

Eric Lukin (1999) Mike Rigas (1991) Eric Lukin (2000) Ko Thanadabouth (1989) John Woolfe (1991) Herc Anastasakis (1992) Eric Lukin (1999) Mike Rigas (1991) Eric Lukin (2000) Herc Anastasakis (1992) Eugenio Raso (1992) Paul Nobile (1987) Ko Thanadabouth (1989) Eugenio Raso (1993) Andy Manton (1996) Jakob Stasko (2000) Dennis King (2002) Dennis King (2003) Eric Lukin (1999) Mike Rigas (1991) Eugenio Raso (1996) Greg Christman (2000) Herc Anastasakis (1991) Mike Rigas (1992) Eric Lukin (2000)

Goals-Against Average 1. 2. 3. 3. 4.

0.37 0.56 0.63 0.85 0.92

Wins

Jovan Bubonja (2006) Jovan Bubonja (2007) Jovan Bubonja (2008) Chris Jamal (1999) Chris Rice (1998)

1. 16 2. 15 3. 12 5. 10

Chris Jamal (1999) Chris Jamal (2000) Jovan Bubonja (2006) Jovan Bubonja (2007) Jovan Bubonja (2008) Jeff Kusiciel (2001) Ross Cain (2002)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Pete DeRobertis (1985) Gary Fleming (1995) Kurt Melcher (1990) Tony Moreno (1992) Gary Fleming (1996)

Saves

138 135 127 104 101

Shutouts

1. 12 2. 10 3. 6 5. 5

Jovan Bubonja (2007) Jovan Bubonja (2006) Jovan Bubonja (2008) Chris Jamal (1999) Ross Cain (2002) Roman Geisor (1982) Pete DeRobertis (1986) Gary Fleming (1997) Chris Jamal (2000) Jeff Engelbrecht (2005)

Goals-Against Average 1. 0.52 Jovan Bubonja (2006-present) 2. 0.96 Chris Jamal (1996-2000) 3. 1.21 Scott Greene (2000) 4. 1.30 Chris Rice (1998-99) 5. 1.58 Steve Domino (1988) Saves 1. 379 2. 303 3. 219 4. 194 5. 188

Gary Fleming (1994-97) Pete DeRobertis (1985-87) Chris Jamal (1996-2000) Ross Cain (2002-2005) Jovan Bubonja (2006-present)

Shutouts 1. 32 2. 14 4. 10 5. 9

Jovan Bubonja (2006-present) Gary Fleming (1994-97) Chris Jamal (1996-2000) Pete DeRobertis (1985-87) Roman Geisor (1981-82)

Jovan Bubonja has 32 career shutouts heading into 2009.

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2009 UIC SOCCER SINGLE-GAME RECORDS Points

TEAM RECORDS

1. 9 Mike Rigas vs. Trinity Christian (9/30/91) 2. 8 On Five Occasions; Most Recently - Pavle Dundjer vs. Centenary (10/2/05)

Season

Goals

Fewest Wins........................................................................................................... 0 (via forfeits, 1983)

1. 4 Mike Rigas vs. Bradley (9/5/92) Eric Lukin vs. Butler (10/10/99) 3. 3 Paul Nobile vs. Purdue-Calumet (10/12/87) Ko Thanadabouth vs. Trinity Christian (10/4/89) John Woolfe vs. Lewis (9/25/91) Mike Rigas vs. Trinity Christian (9/30/91) Mike Rigas vs. Bradley (10/25/91) Herc Anastasakis vs. DePaul (10/6/92) Herc Anastasakis vs. Loyola (10/1/94) Eugenio Raso vs. Loyola (10/1/94) Eugenio Raso vs. DePaul (9/13/95) Greg Chrisman vs. Michigan State (10/4/98) Eric Lukin vs. Western Illinois (10/26/00) Eric Lukin vs. Butler (9/24/00) Dennis King vs. Loyola (9/19/01) Pavle Dundjer vs. Centenary (10/2/05)

Assists

1. 4 Ko Thanadabouth vs. Purdue-Calumet (10/12/87) Rod Navascues vs. Northern Illinois (10/9/96) 3. 3 On Seven Occasions Most Recently - Dennis King vs. Eastern Illinois (9/30/01)

Saves 1. 2. 3. 5.

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22 Pete DeRobertis vs. Illinois State (9/25/85) 20 Pete DeRobertis vs. UW-Green Bay (10/16/85) 17 Pete DeRobertis vs. Michigan State (9/29/85) Jeff Bellick vs. Eastern Illinois (10/18/89) 15 Kurt Melcher vs. Northern Illinois (9/12/90)

Overall Wins.............................................................................................................................18 (2000) Conference Wins....................................................................................................................... 6 (1999) Consecutive Wins....................................................................................................................12 (1999) W-L-T Percentage . ...................................................................................................810 (17-4-0, 1999) Most Ties........................................................................................................................6 (2007, 2008) Most Losses............................................................................................................................16 (1983) Fewest Losses.............................................................................................. 3 (twice, 1998 and 2006) Consecutive Games Without Being Shutout.....................................................29 (9/8/99-10/1/00) Longest Losing Streak ..................................................................................................... 18 (1983-84) Most Goals...........................................................................................................70 (15 games) (1981) Most Opponent Goals........................................................................................ 67 (16 games) (1984) Fewest Goals......................................................................................................... 6 (17 games) (1985) Fewest Opponent Goals . .....................................................................................8 (21 games) (2006) Most Assists .......................................................................................................67 (15 games) (1981) Most Points . .................................................................................................... 207 (15 games) (1981) Most Average Goals Per Game................................................................4.4 (70 in 15 games) (1981) Fewest Average Goals Per Game................................................................... 0.94 (18 games) (1995) Goals-Against Average........................................................................................................ 0.36 (2006) Save Percentage ................................................................................................................ .908 (2006) Most Shutouts......................................................................................................................... 14 (2007) Game Goals.......................................................................................................... 13 vs. Northwestern (1981) Goals Allowed........................................................................................ 10 by SIU-Edwardsville (1985) .................................................................................................................. 10 by Eastern Illinois (1993) Assists . .................................................................................................. 11 vs. Trinity Christian (1991) Largest Margin of Victory....................................................................12 (12-0 vs. North Park) (1981) Largest Margin of Defeat . ....................................................... 10 (10-0 vs. SIU Edwardsville) (1985)

CAREER COACHING RECORDS Coach

Years

Record

Pct.

Herb Teichert

1981-83

14-27-2

.349

Bill Ross

1984-89

30-57-8

.358

Sasha Begovic

1990-2004

136-134-15

.504

John Trask

2005-Present

48-18-19

.676

TOTALS

27 Seasons

228-236-44

.492

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UIC SOCCER NSCAA/adidas

ALL-AMERICANS

ALL-REGION HONOREES

1999 NSCAA/ adidas All-America Second Team

ERIC LUKIN

2000 NSCAA/ adidas All-America Third Team

2006 NSCAA/ adidas All-America Second Team

ERIC LUKIN

JAY DEMERIT

JOE MORELLI

All-Midwest Region First Team 1999, 2000

All-Midwest Region First Team 2000, 2001 Second Team 1999

All-Midwest Region Second Team 2002

GREG CHRISMAN

JOHN COLLINS

All-Midwest Region Third Team 2000

All-Midwest Region Second Team 2000

JOVAN BUBONJA

All-Great Lakes Region First Team, 2006, 2007, 2008

TONCI SKROCE

CESAR ZAMBRANO

PAVLE DUNDJER

TONCI SKROCE 2007 NSCAA/ adidas All-America Third Team

PAVLE DUNDJER 2008 NSCAA/ adidas All-America First Team

JOVAN BUBONJA

2008 College Soccer News All-America First Team

All-Great Lakes Region First Team, 2006

All-Great Lakes Region Second Team, 2006, 2007

BAGGIO HUSIDIC

ROBERT YOUNGER

All-Midwest Region Second Team, 2005 All-Great Lakes Region Second Team, 2006 First Team, 2007

2008 NSCAA/ adidas All-America First Team

BAGGIO HUSIDIC

2008 College Soccer News All-America Second Team

All-Great Lakes Region First Team, 2008

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All-Great Lakes Region Second Team, 2008

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NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY NCAA Tournament Play-In Game - Flames Field 11/13/99 UIC 1, Fairfield 0

1999

NCAA Tournament First Round - St. Louis, Mo. 11/21/99 #3 Saint Louis 3, UIC 2

1999 UIC Flames (17-4-0) NCAA Tournament Round of 32

2000

NCAA Tournament Play-In Game - Flames Field 11/11/00 UIC 2, Fairleigh Dickinson 0 NCAA Tournament First Round - Peoria, Ill. 11/19/00 UIC 1, #24 Bradley 0 NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16’ - Palo Alto, Calif. 11/25/00 #3 Stanford 6, UIC 0

2000 UIC Flames (18-4-2) NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16’ NCAA Tournament First Round - Flames Field 11/11/06 UIC 3, Western Illinois 0

2006

NCAA Tournament Second Round - South Bend, Ind. - 11/15/06 #12 Notre Dame 1, UIC 0

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2007

2007 UIC Flames (13-6-6) NCAA Tournament ‘Elite Eight’ NCAA Tournament First Round – St. Louis, Mo. – 11/23/07 UIC 0, #12 Saint Louis 0 (UIC advances on penalty kicks, 6-5) NCAA Tournament Second Round – Evanston, Ill. – 11/28/07 UIC 2, #16 Northwestern 0 NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16’ – Omaha, Neb. – 12/1/07 UIC 1, #7 Creighton 0

2008

NCAA Tournament ‘Elite Eight’ – Amherst, Mass. – 12/9/07 Massachusetts 2, UIC 1

2008 UIC Flames (12-4-6) NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16’ NCAA Tournament First Round – Flames Field – 11/21/08 # 15 UIC 0, Dayton 0 (UIC advances on penalty kicks, 3-1) NCAA Tournament Second Round – East Lansing, Mich. – 11/25/08 # 15 UIC 0, #4 Michigan State 0 (UIC advances on penalty kicks, 3-2) NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16’ – Cary, N.C. – 11/30/08 # 15 UIC 2, #23 North Carolina 3 (OT)

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UIC SOCCER - A PART OF THE COMMUNITY The effort that the UIC men’s soccer team exhibits on the field is mirrored by the Flames’ commitment to the community. Since John Trask’s arrival, the Flames have hosted charity matches against Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire at Flames Field over the past three years that have raised over $19,800 for non-profit organizations. The UIC men’s soccer program has cultivated a relationship with America SCORES Chicago, an after-school youth development program that empowers Chicago Public Schools students in the North Lawndale and Little Village communities near the UIC campus by implementing activities that emphasize soccer, writing, creative expression and service learning. The UIC men’s soccer team also supports the annual America SCORES Chicago Corporate Cup, providing use of the athletic complex for the event that raises money to support local students. Trask also serves as the lead clinician for the annual America SCORES Coaches Workshop. For Trask’s efforts with the organization, he was presented with the Calliope Award by America SCORES Chicago in recognition of his service as a role model in the community. Members of the UIC men’s soccer program constantly volunteer time and expertise to conduct local clinics year-round. Most recently members of the team were on hand to demonstrate their soccer skills with other UIC student-athletes at the Taste Sports Pavilion at the Taste of Chicago. In addition to their charitable efforts, the Flames have used a grass-roots approach to making UIC soccer matches a fun environment for all fans. Student promotions, neighborhood events, in-game giveaways and post-match autograph sessions are just some of the ways that UIC men’s soccer brings the game to the fans.

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As a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, you will find that there is no better place to begin your education than in the nation’s third-largest city. Whether you are looking to get ahead professionally with numerous internships and networking opportunities with any of the city’s major corporations, or mixing in socially with an endless list of things to see and do, Chicago is the place to be.

Lake Shore

The city offers 40 museums, 15 miles of bathing beaches, 11 professional sports franchises, over 6,000 restaurants tucked into its 77 different neighborhoods and a nightlife that will keep you going until daylight. So whatever your pleasure – work or play – it is all easily found in UIC’s backyard.

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Chicago helps the university go beyond its campus perimeters and extend into everything this great city has to offer, making UIC an unbeatable choice in an unbeatable city.

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A GREAT UNIVERSITY IN A GREAT CITY DID YOU KNOW? * An estimated one in 10 Chicagoans with a college degree is a UIC alumnus. * Approximately one in six Illinois doctors is a graduate of the UIC College of Medicine, the nation’s largest medical school. * One in three Illinois pharmacists is a graduate of our College of Pharmacy. * More than one third of the state’s dentists are graduates of UIC’s College of Dentistry. * UIC’s College of Education is the primary supplier of new teachers for the Chicago Public School system.

“By bringing an elite research faculty to an urban mission, UIC forges an identity that aligns it with the other leading universities but makes it different. In the heart of the city, UIC offers extraordinary opportunity to all who seek learning in an intense research environment. It is urban and elite; it is elite but not exclusionary; it joins access with excellence.” —Sylvia Manning, Chancellor Emeritus In the midst of the nation’s third-largest city, you will find a bustling university that truly reflects the area which surrounds it. Located just one mile west of the downtown area, the University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest university in the city with an enrollment of 25,000 students and annual research expenditures of over $290 million. Formed in 1982 through the consolidation of the UIC Medical Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, UIC features a 240-acre campus with over 100 buildings, housing 15 colleges which offer 74 bachelor’s, 77 master’s and 60 doctoral degree programs. UIC is home to one of the nation’s largest medical schools, touting six health science colleges: Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. UIC has been designated a Research I university and ranks among the top 50 out of more than 650 national universities in federal research funding. UIC is a place that challenges its students to be their best by providing them with cutting-edge academic programs, award-winning faculty and the finest research and academic facilities. The campus provides a melting pot of interactions and experiences. A variety of students of varying races and backgrounds call UIC home, giving students the opportunity to expand their horizons amidst a diverse and vibrant atmosphere. With the city of Chicago as the backyard of it all, its Great Cities Commitment is a hallmark of UIC. The Great Cities Commitment engages university faculty and staff in numerous programs with community, corporate, government and civic partners to improve the quality of life in Chicago and other metropolitan areas around the world. At UIC, the world is at your fingertips. This university will challenge you to be your best, but you will find the limits of what you can achieve to be endless with the access to excellence that UIC provides.

UIC QUICK FACTS Type of Institution Comprehensive, public, Research I university Location One mile west of downtown Chicago Degrees Offered 74 Bachelor’s 77 Master’s 60 Doctoral Average Class Size: 31 Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1 Campus Size: 100 buildings on 240 acres Undergraduate Colleges Applied Health Sciences Architecture & the Arts Business Administration Education Engineering Honors Liberal Arts & Sciences Nursing Jane Addams College of Social Work Graduate & Professional Colleges Dentistry Medicine Pharmacy Public Health Urban Planning and Public Affairs Graduate College


UIC CAMPUS HOUSING IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL With 10 residence halls scattered throughout the entire UIC campus community, campus housing is a university entity on the rise.

Thomas Beckham Hall

Housing nearly 4,000 students, the residences available are situated on some of the finest real estate in Chicago. Minutes from downtown, Lake Michigan and the museum campus, the dormitories at UIC are a refreshing concept from the traditional highrise facilities developed at many institutions. James J. Stukel Towers is the latest crown jewel in campus housing and opened its doors in the Fall of 2007. The Towers provide four towers of different heights to accommodate 740 undergraduate students. Each floor in the building has 30 residents, living in four-, five-, and eight-person suites consisting of single rooms, double rooms, bathrooms & living rooms. Half of the students living in the Towers will have single rooms.

Marie Robinson Hall

The strong community development residence life model is intended to provide coordination and support for a number of academic-related programs and living areas, with each two-floor community having a two-story common-area lounge and adjacent study lounge, and each of the Towers offering a penthouse lounge/piano room. The building also provides a full-service dining hall for residents, a snack bar/convenience store, student kitchens in common areas, computer labs, meeting & seminar rooms, student organization offices, and a 150-seat auditorium for special events.

Commons North

Commons South

Stukel Towers is just one of many new residence facilities to open on the UIC campus in the last five years. A component of the university’s south campus expansion, Marie Robinson and Thomas Beckham Halls opened in 2003. The units house more than 750 students who inhabit spacious, apartment-style dorms, equipped with kitchens and private bathrooms. Across the east campus at the corner of Harrison and Halsted Streets is the Courtyard Residence Hall, along with Commons West, North and South. Built in 1988, these four halls house nearly 1,300 students. The Courtyard houses students in clusters, typically three doubles and two single rooms sharing a common bathroom, while the remainder of the halls offer a variety of living options. Every hall has a variety of lounges, meeting rooms, laundry facilities and spots for social and recreational activities. The convenient link to the campus unions allows for easy access to dining halls, bookstores and more.

Courtyard Residence

Commons West

Stukel Towers


PORT ACADEMIC CENTER A “HOME BASE” FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Time management is very important for a student-athlete. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, we recognize the unique demands of pursuing an academic degree and competing at the NCAA Division I level. Therefore, we offer the student-athlete a full-scale academic support program. At the heart of this program is the Port Academic Center. The Port Academic Center is a great support service provided by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to help a student-athlete excel in the classroom and attain a bachelor’s degree or other advanced degree. Services available within the center include advising, tutoring, scheduling assistance, eligibility monitoring, scholarship support and optional accommodations for individual and group study. The Port Academic Center is conveniently located on the lower level of the Physical Education Building. The 5,000-square foot facility serves as headquarters for the academic support staff and features a large public area for individual study, three smaller rooms for tutoring or group study, personal computer workstations linked to laser jet printers, a conference room, a reception area and private offices for counseling sessions. The Port Academic Center, with all of its resources, helps UIC meet the challenge of tightened NCAA academic requirements, providing a “home base” for the academic life of its student-athletes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Who is my college advisor? Students are provided with a list of advisors and their phone numbers to assist them in easily finding their advisor. What is the academic reputation of UIC in the job world? Academically, it is a Big Ten degree and on par with any of the top schools. How will my major help me get a job? Current information is provided to students on this matter. Students are then referred to the career placement office, which will answer any questions they might have regarding a particular career. What do I do if I have a question about eligibility? A one-on-one conference is initiated to go over questions regarding changing major, course selection and any other academic problems a student might have regarding effects on their eligibility.

PORT ACADEMIC CENTER SERVICES Individual Study The spacious and comfortable main study area is monitored from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday though Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Students can focus on their schoolwork without distractions of home or dorm life. Computers are available for student-athletes to use in the main study area. Tutoring Tutoring is available to student-athletes in nearly every subject area. The Athletic Department has an exceptionally qualified staff of tutors. Sessions are scheduled during convenient hours for the student and the tutor, and are held in the Center’s small study rooms. Study Groups Student-athletes who wish to study together can reserve the small study rooms by checking with the receptionist outside the main study area. Advising Each student-athlete is required to meet with an academic advisor once each semester. In addition, advisors are available year-round to assist students with specific questions. Athletic Department advisors give special attention to NCAA degree and eligibility requirements when assisting student-athletes. Scheduling Assistance Center advisors have established relationships with faculty in many colleges and can intervene on the student’s behalf when scheduling problems arise. Scholarship Support A $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a studentathlete who has utilized the Center to significantly improve academic performance over the past year. Funding for this award is provided by the Port Endowment for Academic Excellence.


THE FIELD OF DREAMS NOWHERE IS UIC’S COMMITMENT TO ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE MORE APPARENT THAN AT THE FACILITIES THAT HOUSE THE 18 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S VARSITY PROGRAMS Men’s Sports - Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Tennis. Women’s Sports - Softball, Basketball, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Tennis.

UIC PAVILION - Men’s & Women’s Basketball

FLAMES FIELD - Soccer

FLAMES ATHLETIC CENTER - Volleyball

FLAMES FIELD - Softball

LES MILLER FIELD - Baseball

UIC NATATORIUM - Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving

FLAMES COURTS - Men’s & Women’s Tennis

PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUILDING - Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics


FLAMES ATHLETIC CENTER Christened on June 10, 1999, the Flames Athletic Center is the crown jewel in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s effort to bring its 18 Divison I men’s and women’s programs to national prominence. The $9.25-million, 50,000-square-foot venue is a state-of-the-art practice facility and features two NCAA regulation-sized basketball courts; a two-story comprehensive weight training and cardio-fitness center; an in-house sports medicine facility; locker rooms for student-athletes, with two just for men’s and women’s basketball; as well as offices for the basketball, and athletic administration staff. Several individuals provided leadership to the center through their generous gifts, and each was recognized with selected facilities in the new center being named in their honor. Among those are Pat and Peggy Colvin, whose funding established The Colvin Communication and Administration Center; Arnold J. Hartoch, who helped fund the Arnold J. Hartoch Baseball Suite; William and Cathy Merchantz, whose gift funded the Lambert Basketball Center; and Sidney L. Port, whose contributions set up the Port Hall of Excellence.


DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS - JIM SCHMIDT The University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has seen unprecedented growth and reached new heights both on the playing field and in the classroom under the leadership of Jim Schmidt. Named UIC’s fourth director of athletics on January 24, 1997, Schmidt quickly put together a department that could compete on a championship level, not only within the Horizon League, but on regional and national scenes as well. In Schmidt’s first 12 years, the Flames have captured more league titles than in the prior 15 years of NCAA Division I competition combined. Most recently, UIC garnered its second James J. McCafferty Trophy in 2006-07, the award honoring the most successful all-around athletic program in the Horizon League each season, and earned the league’s Men’s All-Sports Trophy just last year. Schmidt has also watched 42 of his teams represent UIC in NCAA postseason competition during his tenure. Among those NCAA tournament appearances were first-ever bids for men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s tennis and baseball. New history has been made each season under Schmidt, with the past year being no different. Highlighting the 2008–09 season were many memorable moments: • The UIC men’s soccer team won the Horizon League regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the second straight season. The Flames achieved a national ranking as high as fourth in the country in 2008 and featured the program’s first-ever First Team All-Americans in goalkeeper Jovan Bubonja, a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy recognizing the nation’s best college soccer player, and Baggio Husidic, a Major League Soccer draft pick of the Chicago Fire in 2009. • The UIC women’s tennis team continued to dominate the Horizon League, capturing its 13th consecutive league title and making its 11th straight NCAA Tournament appearance while running its unbeaten streak against league foes to 113 and counting. The men’s tennis team once again found itself on the brink of a title, taking runner-up honors in the Horizon League for the fifth straight season. • The UIC men’s swimming and diving team won its first-ever Horizon League Championship under the guidance of Paul Moniak, who was named the Horizon League’s Coach of the Year. • The UIC men’s gymnastics team claimed its second all-time Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship and advanced to the National Men’s Gymnastics Championship meet for the first time since 2004. • The UIC baseball team won its eighth straight Horizon League regular season title and came within one out of securing its third straight Horizon League tournament championship and fifth NCAA berth in the last seven years. • Under first-year head coach and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Michelle Venturella and led by Horizon League Player of the Year Sarah Clynes, the UIC softball team won the Horizon League regular season championship and advanced to the Horizon League title game for the first time since 2005. • The UIC men’s basketball team, led by NABC All-District Team guard Josh Mayo and three-time Horizon League All-Defensive Team selection Scott VanderMeer, secured marquee road victories over Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt and Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Georgia Tech. “At UIC, we are committed to excellence, both academically and athletically,” Schmidt said. “We will create an atmosphere that will assist each student in attaining lifelong experiences that will help them be successful.” In keeping with that commitment, UIC has continued to enhance the academic performance of its studentathletes under Schmidt. Last season, UIC student-athletes achieved an overall grade point average of 2.91, the second-highest overall semester GPA in the department’s history, with 121 reaching a 3.0 GPA or higher and 14 garnering a perfect 4.0 GPA. NCAA graduation reports list UIC Athletics’ graduation rates at 86% for all athletes who exhaust their eligibility. Under Schmidt’s direction in 1994, UIC Athletics instituted a Life Skills program designed to enhance the total student-athlete, with activities designed to improve personal, social and career development. Team builders, community service projects and leadership opportunities through the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) were also implemented. Schmidt has also played a key role in the local and national exposure of UIC Athletics. He helped expand radio coverage of UIC by reporters on ESPN Radio, WSCR, WGN, WBBM and other radio stations while increasing television exposure on ESPN, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and other local and national outlets. With a strong desire to win conference titles and earn regular appearances in NCAA postseason action, Schmidt has brought numerous conference championships to the UIC campus to aid in the task. For the first time ever, the Flames hosted the league’s men’s basketball championship in 1999 and 2000. UIC has also hosted conference tournaments in softball, baseball, soccer, cross country, gymnastics, women’s basketball, and swimming and diving, while the school also welcomed the NCAA softball regional championships to its

field in 1999 and the NCAA softball super regional championships in 2005. An NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament First Round match was also played at Flames Field for the first time in the fall of 2006 and again in 2008. Flames administrative long-term plans are aggressive as well. In addition to major projects such as the first phase of the “Campaign for Athletics” that was implemented and the Flames Athletic Center fundraising campaign that was completed under Schmidt, UIC’s overall strategic plan outlines detailed improvements for scholarship funding; renovations to facilities, including the aquatics center; and improvements to indoor competition/ practice facilities for baseball, softball, track, tennis and volleyball. Construction of the stadium portion of the baseball and softball complexes and renovations to the soccer field are also high on the capital program’s list of improvements. While serving as associate athletic director, Schmidt helped develop a broad-based athletic program headed by strong men’s and women’s basketball programs and rapidly improving, nationally competitive Olympic sports teams. He also saw UIC’s student-athletes gain national recognition for top academic achievements while the teams and coaches earned regional and national exposure through conference championships and NCAA postseason competition. Schmidt assisted during the many historical decisions that took place over the last several years, including changes in conference affiliation leading up to UIC’s current membership in the Horizon League. Schmidt recently finished up a term as chair of the league’s men’s basketball committee. He had previously served as the chair of the television and finance committees. Schmidt has also served on the championships/facilities committee, equity committee and executive council. Schmidt began his collegiate athletics career in the fall of 1980, serving one year as the pitching coach at Western Illinois University while earning his master’s degree in sports administration. Arriving at UIC in 1982, Schmidt served as a pitching coach on the Flames’ baseball staff before being named an assistant to the athletic director in charge of marketing/promotions and daily operations. From 1983–86, Schmidt handled all sports information duties as an assistant athletic director and assumed the title of associate athletic director in 1987. A 1979 graduate of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Schmidt and his wife, Mary, reside in Naperville, Ill., with their two children, Billy and Eva.


JAY DEMERIT

WATFORD FC- ENGLAND U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

BAGGIO HUSIDIC

CHICAGO FIRE - MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

FLAMES PLAYING PROFESSIONAL SOCCER


UIC VS. CHICAGO FIRE ANNUAL CHARITY MATCH

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