UIC men’s soccer wins third straight Horizon League title
December 7, 2018

Soccer players for the UIC Flames showed off awards after the team won the
Horizon League Tournament for the third straight year.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Flames men’s soccer team claimed its third straight Horizon League championship with a 3-1 win over the Wright State Raiders on Nov. 10.

Josiah Ash put the Flames up 1-0 with a fifth-minute goal, and Pau Mateo scored his first goal later in the half. After Wright State halved the margin late in the match, Ash struck again to remove all doubt from the outcome.

UIC moved to 12-5-2 on the season, eclipsing last season’s win total and notching the most victories since 2013. The Flames used a complete team effort on both ends of the field to defeat Wright State, the number one seed in the league tournament on their home field in Fairborn, OH.

UIC defender Jacob Graiber was named tournament MVP. Joining him on the All-Tournament Team are Ash, Nestor Garcia, and Oscar Gonzalez.

This was the soccer team’s sixth Horizon League tournament championship, as they won in 1999, 2000, 2007, 2016, and 2017 as well as 2018. The team won the league’s regular season title in 2015, although not the tournament, so the senior class will leave having won four championship trophies, a UIC first.

Each UIC starter played the full 90 minutes. UIC scored the most goals against a Wright State squad that had not given up more than two in a game all year. Mateo’s goal was the first of his career.

With Graiber’s selection as MVP, it marked the second straight year that a Flames defender earned the award.

UIC allowed a mere two shots on goal in both of its Horizon League Tournament games. The Flames then moved on to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost 2-0 to Michigan State on a snowy field in East Lansing.