Men's Soccer to Play First Road Games of 2014
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay men’s soccer team will see its first action away from Santaga Stadium this season when the team travels to Drake and Western Illinois for a pair of road games on Friday and Sunday.
The Phoenix will face Drake on Friday (Sept. 5) night at 7 p.m. before traveling to Macomb, Ill., to take on Western Illinois on Sunday (Sept. 7) at noon.
ABOUT GREEN BAY
Both games to start the new season for Green Bay have been decided in overtime. The Phoenix defeated Grand Canyon in double overtime to open the year after Jeremy Nji (Kimberly, Wis.) scored the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 victory. Three days following, GB played a talented DePaul team into overtime before falling 4-3. The Phoenix played with 10 men for over half of the game, scoring three goals down a man after a red card.
Despite having played only two games, the Phoenix lead the Horizon League in team points with 15. The team has scored four goals and has also added a league-high seven assists. The team has gelled extremely well to begin 2014, as all four of the team’s goals have come with an assist.
He has only played in one of his team’s two games, but Jordan Dover (Ajax, Ontario) has already scored two goals. Three players have scored for the Phoenix to open the season, as Nji and Audi Jepson (Green Bay, Wis.) are the other two players to notch goals. In only two games in 2014, Dover has already matched his career total in goals scored with two.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS
Friday will be the third-straight home game for Drake to start the season, having gone 0-1-1 in its first two games. The Bulldogs tied Houston Baptist 2-2 before falling to Green Bay’s in-state rival Milwaukee 2-0. They have scored two goals in two games while allowing four.
The Leathernecks participated in the Grand Prairie Classic this past weekend, going 1-0-1 in two games played. WIU fell to UNLV in overtime before shutting out San Jose State 1-0 to earn its first victory of the year.
Drake – Green Bay owns the upper hand in the series to date, boasting a 4-2-0 record. GB fell last season at home 2-1 as Drake has won the last two meetings.
Western Illinois – These two programs have a met total of 28 times with the Phoenix owning a 15-11-2 edge during that span. The Phoenix have also won the last three meetings in the series.
Sadly I won't be joining the team on the road trip. But I wanna wish the best of luck to the guys! Bring us home two W's! @gbphoenixmsoc— ⚽Ricardo Pinto⚽ (@Ricardo29Pinto) September 4, 2014
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