By: Jill Wunrow (@JillWunrow)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After a short stay on its home field, the Green Bay (2-4-1, 0-1 HL) men's soccer team will travel west to face Oregon State (3-2-1) and Gonzaga (2-3-0) in the Oregon State Tournament being held Sept. 21-23. It will be the second regular season tournament of the season for the Phoenix who is playing six of its eight games in the month of September away from home.
Green Bay travels to Oregon after suffering two losses in five days. The Phoenix fell 2-1 in its Horizon League opener at Detroit Sept. 14 before being shut out 3-0 in a "flat" performance against SIUE on its home field Sept. 18. On the bright side, the Phoenix recently saw the return of senior goalkeeper Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) who had been rehabbing an injury suffered Aug. 31.
"I'm not as sharp as I want to be but that comes with not competing for a while," said Wehking. "I was supposed to be out four to six weeks but our trainer Emily Johnson did a phenomenal job getting me back earlier than expected. I'm just taking it one day at a time."
After missing the contest against SIUE, Green Bay's goal leader, Kirby Allen (Appleton, Wis.), hopes to return to the playing field against Oregon State. Allen leads the Phoenix with three goals, one assist and seven points. Junior Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and senior Alonso Flores (Chicago, Ill.) have each scored one goal this season while Whitney Browne (Brooklyn Park, Wis.) leads the team with 15 shots.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE... Oregon State enters its tournament coming off a 3-0 shutout win over Gonzaga Sept. 15. The Beavers are being led in scoring by Khiry Shelton with three goals, one assist and seven points while Emery Welshman leads the way with a team high 12 shots.
OSU hails from the PAC12 Conference and through games played Sept. 16 the Beavers rank fourth in the country with 20 assists, 10th in scoring offense (2.83) and 13th in total goals (17.0). Senior midfielder Roberto Farfan ranks eighth in the country with four assists per game.
Friday's contest will be the second meeting between Green Bay and Oregon State as the Phoenix will look to even the series after being edged 2-1 last season at Aldo Santaga Stadium.
SCOUTING GONZAGA... The Bulldogs make their second trip in one week to Lorenz Field to face the Phoenix Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. CT. Gonzaga enters the tournament with two consecutive 3-0 shutout losses. In addition to falling 3-0 against Oregon State Sept. 15, the Bulldogs were shut out by No. 4 ranked Santa Barbara Sept. 2 at home.
Three players have each scored two goals for Gonzaga including Clark Phillips, Lars Ludwigs and Conner Bevans.
The Sept. 23 contest featuring Green Bay and Gonzaga will be the first meeting in program history between the two teams.
POPIK'S TOPIKS... Be sure to check out Popik's Topiks with head coach Dan Popik every Wednesday on GreenBayPhoenix.com for the latest insights on Green Bay's upcoming opponents and recent contests. Due to scheduling, this week's episode of Popik's Topiks will not be filmed but the weekly feature will return Sept. 26.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE... Green Bay returns to its home field Saturday, Sept. 29 when it hosts Wright State (2-6-0) in Horizon League play at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium. The Phoenix wraps up its short homestand hosting in-state rival UW-Milwaukee (4-3-0) Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
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