Men's Soccer Opens Tourney with 4-4 Draw Versus Eastern Illinois

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: September 20, 2013
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By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)

– The Green Bay men’s soccer team rallied from two deficits before sending the match to overtime and ending in a 4-4 draw with Eastern Illinois in game one of the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic on Friday evening in Evansville.

A high-scoring affair, the eight total goals came from four players, with Green Bay’s Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Defrim Ramushevski (South Milwaukee, Wis.) and EIU’s Garet Christianson and Jake Plant each finishing with two goals.

A combined five goals went up on the scoreboard in the opening half. Eastern Illinois started the scoring just 37 seconds into the action with a header goal by Jake Plant.

Green Bay rattled off the next three goals of the match to take the lead, 3-1. Krenzien headed home a cross from AJ Patterson (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) in the 13th minute to tie the match at 1-1. It took him 1:15 to strike again, running ahead of Brandon Hall (O’Fallon, Mo.) on a breakaway, eventually collecting a cross and finishing from 10 yards out giving the Phoenix the lead, 2-1.

Krenzien continued his offensive assault, serving as the set-up man for Ramushevski in the 26th minute. Camping out by the near post, Ramushevski headed a cross from Krenzien into the net, building the Green Bay advantage to 3-1.  

EIU’s Garet Christianson added a goal for the Panthers in the 35th minute, but Green Bay maintained the lead going into the break.

Plant notched his second goal of the match for Eastern Illinois in the 55th minute, chipping the ball over the head of Dary DeWalt (Milwaukee, Wis.) to once again knot the score, 3-3. Not to be outdone, Christianson added his second goal of the match, collecting a loose ball and defeating two defenders to put the Panthers ahead again, 4-3.

However, Green Bay dug deep and showed its resilience in the 85th minute. The duo of Krenzien and Ramushevski struck again when Krenzien found the head of Ramushevski on a throw-in, sending it to the back post to draw the score even at 4-4.

The Phoenix held the advantage in both overtimes outshooting the Panthers 10-3, including 3-0 on goal, but they were unable to capitalize.

Posting some gaudy numbers, Green Bay outshot EIU 35-20 for the match and held an 11-4 edge in corner kicks. Krenzien recorded a match-high 11 shots in addition to his two goals and two assists. DeWalt played the entire match in net, making one save.

Green Bay returns to the pitch on Sunday, taking on NJIT at noon in its second match of the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic in Evansville.


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Saturday , November 28
Men's Basketball 
at Eastern Illinois
7:00 PM
Charleston, Ill. (Lantz Arena)
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Monday , November 30
Men's Basketball 
7:00 PM
Edwardsville, Ill. (Vadalabene Center)
 | Live Stats  | OVC Digital Network  
Sunday , December 06
Men's Basketball 
vs. Toledo
2:00 PM
 | Live Stats ESPN3  
Tuesday , December 15
Men's Basketball 
vs. Pacific
7:00 PM
 | Live Stats ESPN3  
Sunday , December 20
Men's Basketball 
vs. UW-Superior
12:00 PM
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Wednesday, December 23
Men's Basketball 
at Wisconsin
8:00 PM
Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
 | Live Stats Big Ten Network  
Monday , December 28
Men's Basketball 
at Morehead State
6:00 PM
Morehead, Ky. (Ellis T. Johnson Arena)
OVC Digital Network  
Saturday , January 02
Men's Basketball 
vs. Northern Kentucky
1:00 PM
RESCH CENTER [Festival Foods Family Game/WMMB Trading Cards]
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Monday , January 04
Men's Basketball 
vs. Wright State
7:00 PM
RESCH CENTER [S&L Motors Family Car Stickers]
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Thursday , January 07
Men's Basketball 
at Cleveland State
6:30 PM
Cleveland, Ohio (Wolstein Center)
TWC SportsChannel / ESPN3  
Saturday , January 09
Men's Basketball 
at Youngstown State
6:00 PM
Youngstown, Ohio (Beeghly Center)
Thursday , January 14
Men's Basketball 
at UIC
7:00 PM
Chicago, Ill. (UIC Pavilion)
Saturday , January 16
Men's Basketball 
at Valparaiso
7:00 PM
Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC)
Tuesday , January 19
Men's Basketball 
at Chicago State
7:05 PM
Chicago, Ill. (Jones Convocation Center)
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Saturday , January 23
Men's Basketball 
vs. Oakland
1:00 PM
RESCH CENTER [Prevea Health BlackOut/Youth Jerseys]
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