GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's soccer team (2-7-2) was handed its fifth consecutive one-goal loss Sunday afternoon at Santaga Stadium, falling 1-0 to Western Illinois (6-2-0) in its final non-conference match of 2011.
The Leathernecks knocked in the game's lone goal at the 19:06 mark on the second score of the season by junior midfielder Miranda Graham. Graham finished from close range on the left side following a Maddie Drusch (Appleton, Wis.) save of a shot by WIU's Kellie Julius.
The Phoenix created a few good opportunities to knot things up in the second half, but was unable to get past WIU goalkeeper Victoria Kappel. Freshman Abby Juzwik (Madison, Wis.) and junior Megan Braatz (Waukesha, Wis.) each had shots on goal in the 60th minute, forcing a pair of Kappel saves. In the 82nd minute freshman Hannah Kernen (Belleville, Wis.) made a nice pass to Braatz, who fired a strong shot that sailed just wide to the left.
Shots were relatively even, with the Leathernecks holding a 14-12 advantage at the final horn. WIU also finished with a 7-4 edge in shots on goal. Julius took a game high four shots to lead WIU, while four Phoenix players shot two times apiece.
Drusch moved closer to Green Bay's all-time saves record in the contest, making six stops. The senior now has 350 career saves and needs just three more to surpass Laura Sandt (352, 1994-97) in the school record books. Kappel made four saves in 90 minutes for the Leathernecks.
Green Bay has a week off from competition and is back in action next Sunday against Cleveland State at Santaga Stadium. The match, which is part of the team's annual Alumni Weekend, is set to kick off at noon.
Season tickets and Fall Sports Passes are now on sale for women's soccer, as well as men's soccer and volleyball. Season tickets for each sport are available for $25 each, or a Fall Sports Pass can be purchased for admission to all three sports for just $50 for an adult and $25 for a youth pass. For more information and an order form, click here.