Phoenix One Step Away From Second Consecutive NCAA Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The stage is set for a rematch of the 2009 men's soccer Horizon League Championship game as No. 2 seed Green Bay (13-4-1, 6-2-1 HL) will face No. 1 seed Butler (16-0-2, 7-0-1 HL) Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT for the 2010 title. The teams met in last season's championship game with the Phoenix advancing to the NCAA Tournament after a shootout against the Bulldogs on its home field.
"We're really happy to be back in the finals again. It's been a great second half of the season for us," said head coach Tom Poitras.
Green Bay is on a nine-game winning streak, tied for the second longest in school history, heading into Sunday's championship game. With a win the Phoenix earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and third time in program history.
The Phoenix is 7-4-1 all-time in the Horizon League tournament under the leadership of head coach Tom Poitras. Sunday will be the fourth time in five seasons Green Bay has played in the Horizon League Championship game, more than any other team in the league.
On September 24, Green Bay lost 1-2 to then 17th-ranked Butler at Aldo Santaga Stadium. That same night, sophomore defender Andrew Stone (Green Bay, Wis.) stepped on the field for the first time this season as the Phoenix were without Second Team All-League selection David Prochazka (Gothenburg, Sweden).
"We didn't have a good outing the first time we faced them," Poitras said. "We need to start faster Sunday."
Now a healthy team and playing its best soccer of the season on both ends of the field, Green Bay has gone 10-1-0 while shutting out six opponents since its last meeting with the Bulldogs.
"We have to do a good job of staying organized and disciplined and take our chances when they come," said Poitras.
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