Phoenix Falls 3-1 to Niagara
NIAGARA FIELD, N.Y. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After a quick turnaround following an exciting double overtime win Friday against Northern Illinois, the Green Bay (2-2-0) men's soccer team tied the contest 1-1 in the second half against Niagara but could not overcome the Purple Eagles, falling 3-1 in the first of a four-game road trip Sunday, Sept. 2 at Nigara Field, N.Y.
Eight minutes into the contest, Niagara's Julian Ekeze found the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead.
Green Bay had two cornerkicks and two shots in the first half of action as sophomore goalkeeper Max Nimmo (Janesville, Wis.) made his first collegiate career start with the Phoenix, filling in for senior Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) who is out due to an injury.
In the 71st minute, sophomore Kirby Allen (Appleton, Wis.) scored his team-high third goal of the season. Allen's goal was unassisted and knotted the contest 1-1.
Niagara answered in the 82nd minute when Micah Paulino found Bryan Da Cruz to give the Purple Eagles the 2-1 advantage. With just over two minutes to play in the contest, Niagara capitalized on a penalty kick to seal the 3-1 win.
Green Bay finished the game with three cornerkicks while Ahmad Bah (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) led all players with four shots while Allen chipped in three.
Nimmo finished the contest with five saves for the Phoenix.
Green Bay continues its four-game road trip with the Dayton Tournament Sept. 7-9. The Phoenix faces the host Flyers Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. followed by Missouri State Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.
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