UIC men’s soccer team wins Horizon League title
November 30, 2017

The UIC men’s soccer team’s strong play garnered them their league championship.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Flames men’s soccer team claimed its second consecutive Horizon League tournament championship on Nov. 11 with a 2-0 win over Green Bay at Flames Field.

“Since I’ve been here we have not won consecutive tournament championships before, and I’ve been here nearly 15 years,” said Coach Sean Phillips. “I think that says something about our group of upperclassmen. They have grown and set high expectations.”

The victory qualified the team for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament, where the Flames were eliminated by the University of Wisconsin.

“The most difficult thing about this loss is that we won’t get to coach these four seniors anymore,” Phillips said, referring to Jose Fuentes, Joel Leon, Abel Guzman, and Sasha Simon. “They helped bring back a culture within our program where winning and doing all the things necessary to win is the expectation.

Leon was named Horizon League tournament MVP. Markell Saddler scored his second goal of the tournament at the 77th minute to give UIC a 1-0 lead. Max Todd sent a free kick into the net in the next two minutes to double the lead and send the Flames to the NCAA tournament.