Phoenix Second Half Battle Falls Short Against Wright State
By: Jill Wunrow (@JillWunrow)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After trailing 2-0 with less than eight minutes remaining in the game, the Green Bay (2-7-1, 0-2-0 HL) men's soccer team battled back before falling 2-1 against Wright State (3-6-1, 1-0-1 HL) Saturday, Sept. 29 at Aldo Santaga Stadium.
Wright State's first goal came with 58 seconds remaining in the first half when Brett Elder found Derek Zuniga on the right side of the box for the 1-0 lead at the break.
Green Bay had its closest look at the goal in the first half with 2:25 remaining when Ahmad Bah (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) took a shot from the top of the box but was high over the goal.
The Raiders outshot the Phoenix 5-2 in the first half of play while Green Bay goalkeeper Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) made two saves.
During halftime of the game, all Green Bay men's and women's soccer alumni present were recognized, including former Horizon League Players of the Year JC Banks (2009) and Tony Walls (2011).
Green Bay's intensity picked up in the second half and in the 55th minute, Green Bay's Alonso Flores found Whitney Browne (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) off a free kick in the box. Surrounded by defenders, Browne took the shot but just missed on the fight side.
In the 72nd minute, Senior Alonso Flores (Chicago, Ill.) took a shot through the Wright State defender but slightly missed to the left of the goal.
Three minutes later, Zuniga found Elder on top of the box for the 2-0 advantage.
The remaining 15 minutes of the game Green Bay controlled the ball, outshooting Wright State 3-0. In the 83rd minute Bah found Flores on the doorstep of the box. After a battle with the Raiders' goalkeeper, Flores was able to score the lone goal for the Phoenix.
Green Bay had a chance to equalize the game with 1:35 on the clock when Browne took the free kick but landed the ball inches over the cross bar.
The Phoenix outshot Wright State 12-8 in the game while the Raiders won the corner kick battle 4-3. Bah and Flores led all players with four shots each while Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Browne each added 2. Wehking finished the night with three saves for the Phoenix, including a diving save in the 73rd minute.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE... Green Bay will have three days rest before it hosts in-state Horizon League rival Milwaukee (4-4-0) Wednesday, Oct. 3 in a battle for the Chancellor's Cup at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium.
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