Late Goals Spoil Women's Soccer Opener

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Release: August 17, 2012
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Junior Ahna Logan fired two shots on Friday night.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay (0-1-0) played South Dakota State (1-0-0) even for the first 82 minutes on Friday night at Aldo Santaga Stadium, but the visiting Jackrabbits found the back of the net twice late to post a 2-0 victory in the season opener for both teams.

The Phoenix outshot its opponent 8-7 on the night, with a 6-2 edge in the first half. Green Bay had its best chance of the opening 45 minutes in the 19th minute, when junior Ahna Logan (Roseville, Minn.) fired a rocket that was saved by SDSU keeper Elisa Smatakis.

Green Bay had another great chance for the game's first goal in the 70th minute, but this time Smatakis punched away the shot attempt of senior Megan Braatz (Waukesha, Wis.) to keep the game scoreless.

South Dakota State, coming off a 12-6-1 season which saw it post an 8-0-1 record in Summit League play, dented the scoreboard with the go-ahead goal in the 82nd minute when junior Darci Miller headed in a corner kick from fellow junior Megan Kingston.

Six minutes later, with the Phoenix playing aggressively while trying to equalize, the Jackrabbits got an insurance goal when Diana Potterveld scored on a 2-on-1 with Phoenix keeper Katy Pilarzyk (Madison, Wis.). Taking over for graduated keeper Maddie Drusch, the sophomore Pilarzyk made three saves, including a couple in spectacular fashion in the second half.

The Phoenix will hit the road next weekend to play in the Embassy Suites Classic hosted by Florida Gulf Coast. Green Bay will play the hosts on Friday before taking on Florida International on Sunday.

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SCHEDULE
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Sunday , August 09
Women's Soccer 
vs. Viterbo (Exhibition)
2:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 
Wednesday, August 12
Women's Soccer 
vs. Northern Illinois (Exhibition)
6:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 
Friday , August 21
Women's Soccer 
at Northern Iowa
7:00 PM
at Cedar Falls, Iowa (Cedar Valley Soccer Complex)
 
Sunday , August 23
Women's Soccer 
at South Dakota State
1:00 PM
at Brookings, S.D. (Fishback Soccer Park)
 
Friday , August 28
Women's Soccer 
vs. St. Mary's (Calif.)
1:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 
Friday , September 04
Women's Soccer 
at North Dakota
4:00 PM
at Grand Forks, N.D. (Ellig Sports Complex)
 
Sunday , September 06
Women's Soccer 
at South Dakota
12:00 PM
at Vermillion, S.D. (USD Soccer Complex)
 
Friday , September 11
Women's Soccer 
vs. Chicago State
3:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 
Sunday , September 13
Women's Soccer 
vs. Eastern Washington
7:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 
Friday , September 18
Women's Soccer 
at Detroit
2:00 PM
at Detroit, Mich. (Titan Field)
 
Sunday , September 20
Women's Soccer 
at Eastern Michigan
12:00 PM
at Ypsilanti, Mich. (Scicluna Field)
 
Saturday , September 26
Women's Soccer 
vs. Oakland
6:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 
Wednesday, September 30
Women's Soccer 
at Milwaukee
7:00 PM
at Milwaukee, Wis. (Engelmann Stadium)
 
Saturday , October 03
Women's Soccer 
vs. Cleveland State
1:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 
Saturday , October 10
Women's Soccer 
at Youngstown State
12:00 PM
at Youngstown, Ohio (Farmers National Bank Field)
 
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