Seniors Honored as Green Bay Wins Eighth Straight Game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Already having clinched the No. 2 seed in next week's Horizon League Championship, the Green Bay (12-4-1, 6-2-0 HL) men's soccer team played solid, shutting out Wright State (4-12-1, 0-7-1) 3-0 Saturday at Aldo Santaga Stadium in its regular-season finale.
The win was the eighth consecutive for the Phoenix and fourth shutout throughout its winning streak. "Even though we have the No. 2 seed in the tournament, we still wanted to come out and play well today," said head coach Tom Poitras.
Two of Green Bay's goals were scored in the first 30 minutes of play as the Phoenix controlled the half on both sides of the ball.
At 6:56, AJ Konchar (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) scored the first goal from the upper left corner outside the box. Konchar laid the ball in the lower right corner of the net to give the Phoenix the early 1-0 lead.
Near the same spot as Konchar scored, Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) also fired a shot to the lower right corner of the net, boosting Green Bay's lead 2-0 at the 28:19 mark.
Green Bay outshot Wright State 11-5 and 5-0 on corner kicks in the first half of play. David Bernhardsoon (Tjorn, Sweden) led the way with three shots while Walls, Konchar and Scott Raymonds (Brookfield, Wis.) each had two.
In the second half, freshman Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) scored his fourth-career goal when the Raiders' goalkeeper stepped out of the box. Konchar tapped the ball to Krenzien on the left side of the box who boosted Green Bay's lead 3-0.
Walls led all players with four shots, two on goal, while Bernhardsoon and Anthony Santaga (Green Bay, Wis.) added three.
Every player dressed for Green Bay played at least six minutes as the Phoenix outshot the Raiders 11-9 and 4-1 on corner kicks in the final period.
Green Bay's eight-game winning streak is the longest since the 1992 season as well as during Poitras' time as coach. Before the game, Poitras and his team honored the seven seniors who have led Green Bay to three Horizon League Championship games.
"This is such a great class, hard-working and a lot of character," said Poitras. "They've shown great leadership throughout the years and we just hope we can continue to see them play for many more games."
Green Bay will now prepare for post-season play which begins with the second round of the Horizon League Championship hosted by No. 1 seed Butler on Friday, Nov. 12 in Indianapolis.
Friday's game time has still not been determined. Green Bay will play the highest remaining seed from Tuesday's opening round.