By: Jill Wunrow (@JillWunrow)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (2-8-3, 0-3-2 HL) men's soccer team will play its final road game of the regular season Wednesday, Oct. 17 as it heads to Madison to face in-state rival Wisconsin (4-6-3, 1-2-0 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
Green Bay enters the contest 2-5-1 against nonconference opponents this season and is coming off a 1-0 Horizon League loss at Loyola Oct. 13 in Chicago, Ill. The Badgers are coming off their first Big Ten win of the season after a late goal lifted Wisconsin to a 2-1 win over Michigan on the same night.
The Phoenix and Badgers play three common opponents in the 2012 season. Green Bay fell 1-0 to Marquette Aug. 26 before battling in-state rival Milwaukee to a 2-2 double overtime tie Oct. 3. The Phoenix hosts Cleveland State in its final game of the season Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Wisconsin fell 2-1 against Marquette in double overtime Sept. 26 before edging Cleveland State 2-1 Sept. 29. The Badgers recently fell 1-0 to Milwaukee on its home field Oct. 10.
ABOUT THE PHOENIX... Eight players have scored goals for the Phoenix this season including sophomore Kirby Allen (Appleton, Wis.) who leads Green Bay with three while Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Alonso Flores (Chicago, Ill.) each have two on the season. Flores leads Green Bay with 13 shots on goal (.650) while Allen has six (.545).
With a save percentage of .732 through 10 games of play, Green Bay goalkeeper Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) has registered 53 saves during his senior campaign. Wehking and fellow senior Alonso Flores are 3-0 against the Badgers with two shut out victories (2009, 2011) and a 4-3 overtime win during the 2010 season.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS... Wisconsin is led by junior forward Chris Prince with three goals, four assists and 26 shots on the season. Junior Nick Janus also has three goals on the season for the Badgers including his most recent 80th minute goal against Michigan to lift Wisconsin to an eventual win over the Big Ten foe.
The Badgers are currently in fifth place in the Big Ten standings with a 1-2-0 record against conference opponents. Wisconsin is 1-2-1 on its home field and 3-4-3 overall against nonconference opponents during the 2012 season.
ABOUT THE SERIES... Wednesday's game is the 41st meeting between the in-state rivals with Green Bay owning a 21-18-1 series edge over the Badgers. Green Bay has won the past three games against Wisconsin, shutting out the Badgers two of the three meetings. The Phoenix has a 9-10 record on the Badgers home field in Madison.
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 games and upcoming opponents as well as player guest appearances. The next episode of Popik's Topiks will be available Oct. 24.
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