Solid Offense Helps Phoenix Carry Momentum into Post-Season Play

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: November 10, 2010
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Green Bay's Scoring Offense Ranks 13th in the Country

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - For the second consecutive season, the Green Bay (12-4-1, 6-2-0 HL) men's soccer team heads into the Horizon League Championship as a No. 2 seed, and for the second consecutive season Green Bay's offense is powered by senior JC Banks (Milwaukee, Wis.).

Despite being overlooked for Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year accolades, Banks leads the league in three of four offensive categories, goals (12), points (29) and shots (78). Banks is third in the league in assists with five.

"No question, JC scores a lot of goals for us and a lot of teams are going to key on him, but that's okay because we have a lot of other guys like Tony Walls and Sam Krenzien who can step up," said head coach Tom Poitras.

After a slow start to the season, Green Bay has an eight-game winning streak heading into this weekend's tournament, the third longest in school history. Five of Green Bay's last eight games have been played away from home, just like Friday's second round game will be.

Regardless of whether the Phoenix is on the road or at home, its offense has been solid and consistent heading into the most important part of the season.

"We definitely have a lot of guys that are capable of scoring. They just need to show that confidence heading into the tournament," Poitras said. "Big players step up and make plays in big game situations, and we expect that this weekend."

Throughout the winning streak, Green Bay has averaged 2.5 goals per game with seven different players scoring. Second in the league in goals (35), assists (24), points (94) and shots (278), Green Bay has outscored its opponents 20-6 during the streak with a shot-on-goal percentage of .460.

Nationally, Green Bay's scoring offense ranks 13th and it is 17th in total goals and won-lost-tied percentage. Statistically on paper, Green Bay appears to be more than ready for its second consecutive tournament championship, but Poitras feels his team still has a lot to improve on before Friday's 11 a.m. kick off.

"We still need to fine-tune some things. Finishing is always the key in big games because you don't get many chances so we need to be sharper around the goal," said Poitras. "We need a solid team effort and if we do the little things right we can come out on the positive end."

Green Bay will play No. 3 seed Loyola (5-10-2, 4-3-1 HL) on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis. With a win Friday, Green Bay will advance to its second-consecutive championship game Sunday at noon.

SCHEDULE
Friday , August 26
Men's Soccer 
at Missouri State
8:30 PM
Springfield, Mo.
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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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