Defending Horizon League Tournament Champion Green Bay Faces Loyola
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The No. 2 seeded Green Bay (12-4-0, 6-2-0 HL) men's soccer team will face No. 3 seed Loyola (5-10-2, 4-3-1 HL) in the second round of the Horizon League Championship on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.
On Tuesday, the Ramblers beat No. 6 seed Milwaukee (6-10-3, 4-4-0 HL) 3-0 in the first round, advancing to Friday's second round hosted by No. 1 seed Butler.
Friday's game will be the second meeting between these two teams in less than two weeks. Green Bay came from behind to beat the Ramblers 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 30 at Aldo Santaga Stadium. First Team All-League selection Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) scored both goals for the Phoenix, keeping its winning streak going.
Green Bay is 1-1-0 facing Loyola in the league championship. In 2006, the Phoenix fell 1-0 to the Ramblers in the championship game in Chicago. In 2007, both teams met in the senifinal round where the Phoenix came away with a 1-0 win to advance to the championship game.
Winning Streak: Green Bay is currently on an eight-game winning streak, the third longest in school history and longest since 1992. With a win over the Ramblers, Green Bay would tie the second longest active streak in school history. In addition, the streak is the longest under seventh- year head coach Tom Poitras.
Offensive Power Ranking: During the streak, Green Bay has outscored its opponents 20-6 with a shot-on-goal percentage of .460. The Phoenix ranks 13th in the country in scoring offense and 17th in total goals (35) and won-lost-tied percentage (0.73). In addition, Green Bay currently ranks eighth in the Great Lakes Region Poll.
Banks in the Ranks: First Team All-League selection JC Banks (Milwaukee, Wis.) leads the Horizon League in goals (12), points (29) and shots (78). Banks also ranks in the nation's top 10 in four of six offensive statistical categories. Banks is 7th in goals per game (0.75) and 8th in points per game (1.81), total points (29) and total goals (12).
Follow the Action LIVE: Watch Friday's game live, here.
Next on the schedule: With a win Friday, the Phoenix will advance to Sunday's championship game for the second consecutive season. Kickoff is set for noon at the Butler Bowl.
Just Kickin' It with here.: Green Bay head coach gives a preview on what his team can expect in Friday's first round against the Ramblers. To watch, click