GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (3-2-1) men's soccer team is set to open Horizon League play Saturday, Sept. 24 as it hosts Loyola (1-5-1) at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium. The contest wraps up a three-game homestand for the Phoenix who is coming off a thrilling 2-1 double overtime win against Dayton in the Green Bay Soccer Classic. Meanwhile the Ramblers travel to Green Bay on the heels of two consecutive losses.
Green Bay stands in fourth in the Horizon League standings with a 3-2-1 record as the Ramblers are looking to move into eighth place with a 1-5-1 record. The Phoenix is 1-1 at Aldo Santaga Stadium while Loyola's lone win of the season came on the road with a 3-0 shutout Sept. 4 at Portland.
Sophomore Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) leads Green Bay with 18 shots, two goals and eight shots on goal. Senior Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) is also off to another great start for the Phoenix as he leads the team with three assists and seven points in addition to chipping in two goals.
Junior Eric Nock is pacing Loyola with 17 shots, 12 on goal, while dishing out one assist as senior Brian Bement leads the way for the Ramblers with 15 shots, seven on goal and two goals.
History: The last time these two teams met was Nov. 12, 2010 in the second round of the Horizon League Championship. Green Bay shut out the Ramblers 1-0 to advance to the championship game against eventual champion Butler. The two teams also battled during regular season play on Oct. 30 in Green Bay with the Phoenix coming away with a 2-1 overtime victory.
Green Bay owns an overall record of 13-6-3 against the Ramblers with four wins and one tie in the past five meetings.
National Rankings: For the first time this season the Phoenix received votes in the NSCAA Regional Rankings and ranks No. 39 in TopDrawerSoccer.com weekly poll.
Alumni Night: During halftime of Saturday's game, Green Bay will recognize 42 years of men's soccer by honoring all alumni of the program. A total of 386 men from 21 different countries have played soccer for Green Bay. For more information on alumni weekend festivities, click here.
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.