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October 30, 2013

Oakland University men's soccer team drops Horizon League matchup

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Oakland University soccer falls 1-0 on Senior Night

ROCHESTER — As much as Oakland University's men's soccer team may have wanted to come away with a victory on senior night, unfortunately for the Golden Grizzlies, the squad on the schedule was the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Horizon League's top team.

Josh Beard scored the lone goal on a penalty kick with 8:21 remaining in the first half, giving UIC a 1-0 victory and improving its Horizon League record to 6-0 (13-3 overall).

While he may have like to have had a better result for his seniors, Oakland coach Eric Pogue expressed appreciation for what they have meant to Oakland's program.

"The seven seniors laid the foundation for continued success," he said. "They've been great. You couldn't ask for seven better seniors."

Although there is still some soccer left to be played this season, senior Nicholas Kristock, who has was selected as  a team captain for the third season in a row, reflected on what his time at Oakland has meant to him.

"It's meant a lot," he said. "I came in as kind of a walk-on. I embraced the opportunity to get better every day, and that's one thing I'm proud of, that I didn't waste a day to get better. Now I found myself in a fortunate position to lead a team."

Oakland (5-6-5 overall, 3-2-1 Horizon League) is next scheduled to be in action at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Green Bay.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.