Oct. 28, 2012
Contact: Jeff SattoraCLEVELAND, OH- As the Horizon League men's soccer regular season winds down, every game, every goal, can be a big one, and the Cleveland State Vikings got a big game and goal Saturday night, taking down UIC 1-0 on Senior Night at Krenzler Field.
The win brings the Vikings to 4-1-1 in league play, just behind league leading Detroit who is sitting at 5-1-1. The loss drops Loyola to 3-2-1.
For Head Coach Ali Kazemaini the win was extremely important, not just for the team's record, but because it allows his senior class to end their regular season home careers on a win.
"I'm most happy for the seniors," Kazemaini said post-game. "Everyone's been great carrying the team this year, I'm glad they finished at least the regular season on a high note."
That high note looked like it may not happen for much of the first half, as the two teams battled back and forth the first 45 minutes of play, with UIC out-shooting CSU 4-1.
Despite the out-shooting trend continuing in the second half (CSU got out-shot 9-3 on the game), the Vikings were able to get the one that counted in the 55th minute.
Junior Cam Eisses was able to find classmate Aslinn Rodas in a crowd in the box off a free kick, and Rodas was able to find the back of the net to give CSU the lead and win.
The Vikings 1-0 win, the team's fourth one goal win of the year, continues the trend of the group fighting through and winning close games. For Kazemaini that credit again can fall on his senior class.
"The experience of having been there and now pulling together in crucial times,"Kazemaini said. "Those guys have been around and were able to weather the storm and that's what it takes."
"To be at this level you have to be able to rely on each other on the field and you have to trust everybody around you because it's a battle out there," he added.
CSU will have one final battle in the regular season as they will head to Green Bay next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
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