Phoenix Closes Green Bay Soccer Classic in Thrilling Overtime Fashion
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (3-2-1) men's soccer team closed the Green Bay Soccer Classic in thrilling fashion with an overtime goal to capture the 2-1 victory over Dayton (1-6-0) Sunday at Aldo Santaga Stadium. The goal came with just over five minutes remaining in the second overtime period off the foot of freshman Kirby Allen (Appleton, Wis.) who made a break down the left side of the field.
"I saw the opportunity against the goalie. I thought he was going to come out, I took it a touch wide and he went back and I just kept my composure and just drilled it at the goal and put it in," said Allen. "I've had other goals that have come down to the last second but nothing as big as this."
"Kirby is the type of player that is known for his explosiveness and his speed," said head coach Kris Kelderman. "We were hoping for a play just like that to happen and he got great touches on the ball."
Prior to Allen's goal in the 104th minute, Green Bay did not score since the 27th minute when Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) got a long pass from Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) on the right side of the field. Krenzien scored the header goal from the left side of the box to give the Phoenix the 1-0 lead at the break.
"I thought we had good control of the game from the start, the first half was very good," Kelderman said. "With the goal we scored, we got ourselves to a good spot at halftime."
In the first half Green Bay outshot the Flyers 11-2 while both teams had one corner kick each as Krenzien paced the Phoenix with four shots throughout the opening period of play.
In the 51st minute Green Bay was issued a red card for a penalty in the box, forcing the Phoenix to play with 10 players the remainder of the competition.
"It was an unfortunate play but the guys came together and fought," said Kelderman who picked up his first home victory as head coach of the Phoenix.
Green Bay's red card penalty led to Dayton's only goal of the contest off a free kick situation.
The Phoenix outshot the Flyers 20-3 in regulation and had three corner kicks compared to Dayton's one.
In the first overtime period, Dayton outshot the Phoenix 3-0 and had one corner kick as the Flyers' defense kept Green Bay silent.
In the final overtime period, Luke Goodnetter (Elm Grove, Wis.) took a great shot at the goal but was a bit wide. Green Bay's second and final goal of the game was the thrilling game-winning shot by Allen.
"What I'm most proud of is that I felt that we got stronger and better as the game went on," Kelderman said. "We challenged ourselves after the Niagara game on Friday; we have to consider ourselves winners and I think we did just that by the way we responded."
Green Bay finished the game outshooting Dayton 22-7 and 3-2 on corner kicks. Krenzien led the Phoenix with seven shots while Goodnetter added four.
The Phoenix will open Horizon League play Saturday, Sept. 24 as it hosts Loyola (1-4-1) at 7 p.m. in its annual Alumni Game at Aldo Santaga Stadium.
All-Tournament Team: Eleven players were selected by coaches to the Green Bay Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team. From tournament champion Niagara - Carl Haworth, Callum Willmott, Mike Pass and Brett Petricek. From Eastern Illinois - Jake Brillhart, Mike Picinich and Chris Bowswell. From Green Bay - Tony Walls, Lawrence Talery and Kirby Allen. From Dayton - Jack Pearson.
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