Sixteenth-ranked UIC men's soccer team played to a 2-2 draw with UMKC at Flames Field.
The Flames scored first through Alen Husidic, but found themselves trailing late until a foul in the box committed by the Kangaroos gave the home side a penalty opportunity that was converted by Baggio Husidic with six minutes remaining in regulation.
The Kangaroos had taken the lead through second-half goals by Bryan Perez and Brian Harris.
"These are early-season games," said UIC coach John Trask. "They're tight, and everybody starts 0-0-0. The first game of the season is always very difficult, especially at home, because there are expectations put on you. Sometimes it can go very well and you can jump on a team and get up by a couple of goals and it becomes a great night. More often than not it ends up being a little bit of a war and a gut-check.
"In that respect, I am very pleased that, after they scored with 13 minutes left, we battled back and got that equalizer. That's a good sign out of a team early in the season, that they didn't fold."