Men's Soccer 2010 Season in Review
Finishing with an overall record of 13-4-2, Green Bay posted its tenth ten-game winning season and fourth under head coach Tom Poitras. The Phoenix compiled a Horizon League record of 6-2-0 with a second place finish for the second consecutive season.
After a 4-4-1 start, Green Bay closed the season with a nine-game winning streak, five of which were shutouts, heading into the Horizon League Championship game against No. 6 Butler. The streak is tied for the second longest in program history. In addition, Poitras led the Phoenix to the program's 400th win on Nov. 12 in a 1-0 victory over Loyola in the Horizon League Championship semifinal.
For the fourth time in five years Green Bay advanced to the Horizon League Championship game, which is more than any other team in the league. The Phoenix came from behind to force a shootout against #6 Butler and was one of three teams the nationally-ranked Bulldogs were forced to finish with a tie against.
With an RPI of 38, Green Bay was denied an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament while three other teams (New Mexico, South Florida, Denver) that had lower RPIs than the Phoenix were selected to the big dance.
In the Rankings... In the final regular season NSCAA Regional Rankings Green Bay was eighth while receiving votes in the College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll. Green Bay ranked in the top 20 nationally in three statistical categories including total goals (14/201), won-lost-tied percentage (17/201) and scoring offense (18/201).
Individually, senior JC Banks (Milwaukee, Wis.) ranked in the top 15 nationally in four offensive statistical categories including tenth in total goals (12.0), 11th in points per game (1.67) and total points (30.0) and 13th in goals per game (0.67).
Offensive Power... Throughout Green Bay's nine-game winning streak, beginning Oct. 3 and ending Nov. 12, the Phoenix averaged 2.3 goals per game with seven different players scoring. In addition, Green Bay outscored its opponents by an average of 1.66 goals per game. Overall the Phoenix finished second in the league in goals (37), assists (25), points (99) and shots (303) while outscoring its opponents 1.95 to 1.11 throughout the entire season.
Defensively Dominant... After a slow start defensively having Prochazka and Andrew Stone (Green Bay, Wis.) sidelined with injuries, Green Bay's defense was dominant throughout its nine-game winning streak. The Phoenix posted four of its five shutouts while holding its opponents to an average of 0.67 goals and 9.9 shots per game. Green Bay finished the season third in the league in shutouts (6), fourth in goals against average (1.06) and sixth in saves with 74.
Postseason Awards... Six players were selected to the All-League Teams. Senior midfielder JC Banks and junior midfielder Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) were First Team selections while seniors David Prochazka (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Scott Raymonds (Brookfield, Wis.) were Second Team All-League selections. Freshmen Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and David Bernhardsson (Tjorn, Sweden) were named to the All-Newcomer Team.
League Leader... Despite being passed on for Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year honors, Banks led the league with 12 goals, 30 points and 84 shots. Banks finished third in assists with six.
Sneak Peak... With numerous freshmen having to step up this season and adjust quickly to the college game, next season looks to be another promising one for the Phoenix as Green Bay returns more than half its starters including First Team All-League selection Tony Walls.