LAS VEGAS, Nev. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After a disappointing 2-1 loss to open the Nike Tournament, the Green Bay (2-1-1) men's soccer team bounced back with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over host UNLV (1-4-1) Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev. The contest wrapped up a four game road swing for the Phoenix to open its season.
"This game was a test for us and how we would rebound after the CSU Fullerton game, a game in which we should have gotten a result," said head coach Kris Kelderman. "The guys were disappointed after that game, and rightfully so. It was very encouraging to see how they rebounded. This team is made up of fighters."
The scoreless first half not only featured hot field conditions but a back and forth battle as the Rebels outshot the Phoenix 9-4.
Just over two minutes into the second half Green Bay's defense broke down allowing UNLV a goal from 18 yards out, giving the Rebels the 1-0 advantage.
In the 54th minute, Alonso Flores (Chicago, Ill.) answered by landing a laser-type shot in the upper corner of the goal from 30 yards out to tie the game 1-1.
"Alonso has been solid for us," Kelderman said. "He has good feet and is good on the ball and around the goal, his goal was great."
With 20 minutes remaining in the game, there was a five minute delay due to rain and thunder conditions.
With just under five minutes remaining, Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) found sophomore Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) on a diagonal route. Krenzien beat the Rebels goalie one-on-one to score the winning 2-1 goal for the Phoenix. The goal was Krenzien's first on the season and the second assist for Walls.
Both teams took nine shots in the second half as the Phoenix was outshot 18-13 by the Rebels. Green Bay keeper Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) was once again solid for the Phoenix in the win, grabbing nine saves.
"Without Wehking, we would not have had the results we have had," said Kelderman. "He's been outstanding and had unbelievable performances for us."
The Phoenix will host the Green Bay Soccer Classic beginning Friday, Sept. 16 as it faces Niagara (3-1-1) at 7 p.m. Prior to the home game debut for coach Kelderman, Eastern Illinois (2-3-0) will face Dayton (1-4-0) at 4:30 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium.
Season tickets and Fall Sports Passes are now on sale for men's soccer, as well as women's soccer and volleyball. Season tickets for each sport are available for $25 each, or a Fall Sports Pass can be purchased for admission to all three sports for just $50 for an adult and $25 for a youth pass. For more information and an order form, click here.