Come-From-Behind Win Extends Streak to Seven Games
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (11-4-1, 7-2-1 HL) men's soccer winning streak extends to seven games after a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Loyola (3-10-2, 3-3-1 HL) Saturday at Aldo Santaga Stadium. The winning streak is the longest under the leadership of head coach Tom Poitras, who is in his seventh season with the Phoenix.
"As the season goes on, our team continues to show perseverance and character and they showed it again tonight," said head coach Tom Poitras.
After a scoreless first half, Loyola struck first less than eight minutes into the second half. Will Martin was deep outside the box on the right side when he passed across to Eric Marofske for the goal and the 1-0 lead. Marofske's goal landed in the lower right corner of the net. It was the first goal that keeper Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) gave up in three games.
With less than 1:30 to play in regulation, David Bernhardsson (Tjorn, Sweden) was deep on the right side of the box when he found Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) in front of the net for the header goal and the 1-1 tie. The goal was Walls first since Sept. 10 at Missouri State and fourth of the season.
Neither team was able to fire another shot as time expired, sending the game into overtime for the fourth time this season for Green Bay.
Just over two minutes of overtime had expired when JC Banks (Milwaukee, Wis.) drew a foul inside the box, forcing a penalty kick for Green Bay. Loyola's Doug Ferner was issued a yellow card for the foul on the play.
Walls stepped up to take the penalty kick for Green Bay and converted for the third time this season, giving Green Bay the 2-1 overtime win. Walls is now 3-3 on the season in penalty-kick situations for the Phoenix.
"Their goalkeeper is a big guy, he got a hand on the goal but Tony placed it well enough to keep it in the net," said Poitras. "Both of Tony's goals were huge for us and will help in the standings with the race for that second seed being so tight," said Poitras.
Green Bay outshot Loyola 18-5 and 10-4 on corner kicks. The Phoenix had six shots on goal compared to the Ramblers' two. Walls led the way for Green Bay with six shots while Bernhardsson added four.
With the win, Green Bay is in sole possession of second place in the Horizon League standings with one week of regular-season play remaining. The Phoenix will host Wright State (4-10-1, 0-5-1 HL) in its final regular season game on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.
Should Green Bay clinch the #2 seed, it will receive a first round bye in the Horizon League Championships which kick off Nov. 9.