GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (4-2-1, 1-0-0) men's soccer team honored its alumni and opened up Horizon League play with a 2-1 win over Loyola (1-6-1, 0-1-0) Saturday at Aldo Santaga Stadium. All three goals in the game were scored in less than four minutes of play in the second half.
Green Bay's first goal of the game came with 22 minutes left in the second half following a Loyola foul. Senior Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) took the free kick finding Aaron Cranfill (New Berlin, Wis.) for his first goal of the season to give the Phoenix the 1-0 lead.
Following two yellow cards, Green Bay caught Loyola on their heels when Andrew Stone (Green Bay, Wis.) passed the ball from midfield, finding Alonso Flores (Chicago, Ill.) for his second goal of the season to give the Phoenix the 2-0 cushion.
"The one thing we said at halftime that was missing in the game was the number on the scoreboard," said head coach Kris Kelderman. "We challenged them at halftime to finish on restarts, because we were getting a lot of opportunities."
The Ramblers marched down the field and cut the Phoenix lead in half when Eric Nock scored deep in the box to make it 2-1. Green Bay's defense remained tough, allowing Loyola just three shots in the half.
The Phoenix outshot the Ramblers 21-4 and 12-0 on corner kicks in the contest.
Green Bay also controlled the first half of play outshooting Loyola 10-1 and 8-0 on corner kicks.
"We came out controlled and with good energy in the first half and a considerable differences on corners and shots," Kelderman said. "We were just missing that final pass, which we talked about at halftime, and got it done in the second half."
During halftime of the game, Phoenix alumni were recognized for the dedication to the Green Bay men's soccer program while Stuart Grable (Neenah, Wis.) was awarded the annual Aldo Santaga Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated academic and athletic excellence throughout his career.
The Phoenix will begin its second four-game road trip of the season Sept. 28 as it travels to in-state, Horizon League rival Milwaukee (3-4-0) to battle the Panthers for the Chancellor's Cup at 7 p.m. Green Bay will play at UIC Oct. 1 followed by DePaul Oct. 5 before wrapping up the stint at Tulsa Oct. 8.
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.