GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The 2012-13 edition of Green Bay Phoenix Athletics kicked off Saturday afternoon at Aldo Santaga Stadium, and the women's soccer team got things off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Drake in exhibition play. Green Bay will officially open its season on Friday, hosting South Dakota State at 7 p.m.
Green Bay and Drake decided to play three 30-minute periods on Saturday, with one goal being scored in each. Less than two minutes into the contest, the Phoenix dented the scoreboard. After a foul was whistled on the Bulldogs, Green Bay sophomore Chandra Eigenberger (Green Bay, Wis.) connected on a penalty kick for a 1-0 lead.
Drake scored the equalizer in the 19th minute of the second period when Paige Dusek received a pass from Generve Charles and found the back of the net.
In the 16th minute of the third 30-minute session, freshman Heidi Hartmann (Plymouth, Minn.) found herself on the end of a beautiful left-footed cross from sophomore Emily Friedl (Kenosha, Wis.) and headed the ball past Drake keeper Kalena Litch.
Both teams fired six shots in the contest, with Eichenberger firing three and Hartmann a pair to lead the Phoenix. All three Green Bay goalkeepers saw 30 minutes of action, with sophomore Katy Pilarzyk (Madison, Wis.) and freshman Nastacia Behle (St. Paul, Minn.) posting scoreless periods.
Green Bay's Friday game will be the squad's lone home game in August. After hosting South Dakota State, the Phoenix will hit the road for tournaments at Florida Gulf Coast (Aug. 24-26) and SIU Edwardsville (Aug. 31-Sept. 2).
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