Men's Soccer Opens HL Play Against Valparaiso

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Release: October 04, 2013
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By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com)
– The Green Bay men’s soccer team returns home after a five game roadtrip to face Valparaiso on Saturday in its conference opener at Santaga Stadium at 3 p.m. 

The team will also be hosting alumni weekend, welcoming back former players with events throughout the weekend. GreenBayPhoenix.com caught up with head coach Dan Popik and senior Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) at practice on Thursday to preview the upcoming weekend and conference play.

The Phoenix wrapped up a string of five games on the road with a record of 2-2-1, winning its last two games of the span over NJIT and UNC Asheville. The squad currently owns a 5-2-2 overall record in 2013.

Krenzien continues to set the tone for the Green Bay offense, leading the team and Horizon League with eight goals and 20 points (8g, 4a). Lawrence Talery (Coon Rapids, Minn.) also stands atop the conference leaderboard with five assists. In net, Kyle Ihn (Wales, Wis.) has appeared in seven of the nine matches this season, posting a 1.96 goals-against average and a .641 save percentage.

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The Crusaders come into the weekend even at 3-3-3 and 0-1-1 in the conference. In the Horizon League, Valpo drew even with Oakland (1-1) on September 6 and lost 2-0 at Wright State last weekend.

Two of the three losses for Valparaiso have come at the hands of ranked opponents, including a 2-0 loss to No. 19 Dayton on Monday. The Crusaders also topped then-No. 24 Michigan State, 2-1, earlier this season.

Charles Barden leads the team with three goals and two assists. Nick Suker is tied for the team lead with three goals, while Todd Vervynckt has added two assists. In net, Tom Serratore has started six of the nine matches, recording a 1.31 goals-against average and a .743 save percentage. 

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SCHEDULE
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Saturday , January 31
Men's Basketball 
at Cleveland State
1:00 PM
Cleveland, Ohio
 | TWC SportsChannel/ESPN3  | WNFL 1440 AM/92.1 FM  
Monday , February 02
Men's Basketball 
at Wright State
7:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
 
Thursday , February 05
Men's Basketball 
vs. Milwaukee (Prevea Student-Athlete Achievement Night)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 | Tickets  
Wednesday, February 11
Men's Basketball 
at Youngstown State
6:45 PM
Youngstown, Ohio
 
Friday , February 13
Men's Basketball 
at Valparaiso
TBA
Valparaiso, Ind.
ESPN2 or ESPNU  
Wednesday, February 18
Men's Basketball 
vs. Detroit (DigiCopy Team Poster Giveaway)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 | Tickets  
Friday , February 20
Men's Basketball 
vs. Cleveland State (Menominee Casino Baseball Hat Giveaway)
6:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
ESPN2  | Tickets  
Thursday , February 26
Men's Basketball 
at UIC
7:00 PM
Chicago, Ill.
 
Saturday , February 28
Men's Basketball 
vs. Oakland (Senior Night/Keifer Sykes Bobblehead Giveaway)
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 | Tickets  
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