Phoenix Advances to Championship Game with Program's 400th Win
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - For the fourth time in five years, the Green Bay (13-4-1, 6-2-0 HL) men's soccer team advanced to the championship game in the Horizon League tournament with a 1-0 win over No. 3 seed Loyola (5-11-2, 4-3-1 HL) Friday at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis.
The 400th program win was also Green Bay's ninth consecutive this season which is tied for second best in program history.
The Phoenix controlled the flow of the game with its tough defense as Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) scored the only goal of the contest off a penalty kick in the first half.
At 16:27 Loyola fouled Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) in the upper left corner of the box setting up the penalty kick for the Phoenix. Walls, Green Bay's clutch penalty kicker, converted his fourth pk of the season giving the Phoenix the 1-0 advantage.
The goal was Walls fourth in three games and third against the Ramblers this season.
Walls led the Phoenix with three shots as Green Bay outshot the Ramblers 6-5 in the first 45 minutes of play.
In the second half, Loyola outshot the Phoenix 7-6 as both teams finished with 12 shots and three corner kicks in the game. JC Banks (Wauwatosa, Wis.) led all players with four shots, one on goal.
Last year's tournament MVP Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) had seven saves as Green Bay recorded its fourth shutout in five games.
Green Bay is the only team in the Horizon League to appear in four of the last five championship games. The Phoenix will try to defend its title as it faces No. 1 seed Butler (16-0-2, 7-0-1 HL) in Sunday's championship game at noon. Butler advanced after coming from behind, scoring both goals in 15 minutes to beat No. 4 seed Cleveland State (9-10-1, 4-3-1 HL) 2-1.
Sunday's game will be a rematch of last season's championship game in which Green Bay beat Butler in a shootout to advance to the program's second NCAA Tournament.