Defending Horizon League Tournament Champion Green Bay Faces Loyola

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Release: November 10, 2010
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Green Bay will face Loyola for the third time in the Horizon League Championship

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 Tom Poitras: Green Bay head coach Tom Poitras gives a preview on what his team can expect in Friday's first round against the Ramblers. To watch, click here.

SCHEDULE
Friday , August 26
Men's Soccer 
at Missouri State
8:30 PM
Springfield, Mo.
 | ESPN3  
Sunday , August 28
Men's Soccer 
at Central Arkansas
2:00 PM
Springfield, Mo.
 
Friday , September 02
Men's Soccer 
at Eastern Illinois
TBA
Charleston, Ill.
 
Sunday , September 04
Men's Soccer 
vs. Fort Wayne (Welcome Back Students/Orientation)
4:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Saturday , September 10
Men's Soccer 
vs. Wright State (Green Bay Strikers Night)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Tuesday , September 13
Men's Soccer 
at Drake
3:00 PM
Des Moines, Iowa
 
Saturday , September 17
Men's Soccer 
at Oakland
6:00 PM
Rochester, Mich.
 
Saturday , September 24
Men's Soccer 
vs. UIC (FC Wisconsin North Night)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Wednesday, September 28
Men's Soccer 
at Western Illinois
4:00 PM
Macomb, Ill.
 
Saturday , October 01
Men's Soccer 
at Cleveland State
6:00 PM
Cleveland, Ohio
 
Saturday , October 08
Men's Soccer 
at Belmont
6:30 PM
Nashville, Tenn.
 
Tuesday , October 11
Men's Soccer 
at Wisconsin
7:00 PM
Madison, Wis.
 
Saturday , October 15
Men's Soccer 
vs. Valparaiso (Camper Appreciation Night)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Saturday , October 22
Men's Soccer 
vs. Milwaukee (Alumni Game/Chancellor's Cup)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
TWC SportsChannel  
Saturday , October 29
Men's Soccer 
at Detroit
12:00 PM
Detroit, Mich.
 
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