Xiong Scores Twice as Green Bay Ties No. 8 Marquette

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Release: September 01, 2013
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Sabastian Xiong scored twice on Sunday as Green Bay tied nationally-ranked Marquette.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Senior Sabastian Xiong (Cottage Grove, Wis.) scored two goals, including the equalizer in the 85th minute, as Green Bay (1-0-1) earned a 3-3 double overtime tie at No. 8 Marquette (0-1-1) on Sunday evening at Valley Fields in Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles were ranked as high as eighth in the 2013 preseason top-25 national rankings.

The result finished off a strong opening weekend for Green Bay, who posted a 3-2 win at DePaul on Friday night. Head coach Dan Popik’s team scored six goals in the two games against BIG EAST opponents, with four different players finding the back of the net.

“I’m proud of the team for getting a result on the road against a top-10 team in the country,” said Popik, who is in his second year at the helm of the Phoenix program. “For the majority of the game, we were the better team, and the team showed great character and leadership over the weekend.

“I’m pleased that we scored six goals over the weekend but upset that we gave away five. This will need to improve heading into next weekend against Western Illinois.”    

Green Bay led twice on Sunday, but found itself trailing 3-2 in the waning minutes against the nationally-ranked Golden Eagles. That is when Xiong scored the equalizer, getting a cross from senior Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.), beating his defender and firing a shot past the keeper.

Xiong took another shot just 30 seconds into the first overtime session, but the ball missed wide. Marquette was able to get off just one shot in the 10-minute period, and freshman keeper Kyle Ihn (Wales, Wis.) kept it out of the net.

The suspense of a second overtime would have to wait more than 30 minutes due to a lightning delay, but when the two teams took the field again the Phoenix outshot the Golden Eagles 4-2. Ihn made another late save with under a minute to play to turn back Marquette’s last chance. Green Bay junior AJ Patterson (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) had one last chance to win it for the Phoenix, but his header with four seconds left went high.

In the opening half, Green Bay dented the scoreboard first in the 24th minute. Junior Lawrence Talery (Coon Rapids, Minn.) connected with Xiong, whose shot from 18 yards out ricocheted off the post and into the net.

Ihn preserved the lead in the 43rd minute with a penalty kick save against Marquette’s Axel Sjoberg. The freshman keeper stopped seven shots in the game for the Phoenix, but Marquette was able to tie the game just before halftime when Jake Taylor scored the first of his two goals for the hosts.

Talery made sure Marquette’s momentum did not carry over to the second half, beating two defenders and tallying his first marker of the season just one minute and nine seconds after the break for a 2-1 edge.

Taylor scored his second goal in the 53rd minute to tie the game, and the Golden Eagles’ went in front for the first time in the 66th minute on a goal from Coco Navarro.

Ihn and Green Bay kept Marquette at bay for the final 45 minutes, and Xiong’s second goal earned the Phoenix an impressive result for the second-straight road contest.

Green Bay will open its home schedule this weekend, hosting Western Illinois on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium.

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