Phoenix Hosts Detroit Wednesday in Horizon League Battle
By: Jill Wunrow
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - With four consecutive wins, the Green Bay (8-5-1, 3-2-0) men's soccer team looks to make it five in a row as it hosts Detroit (5-8-1, 1-3-1) Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium in a Horizon League contest. Including Wednesday's contest, Green Bay will host two of its final three regular season games, all against Horizon League opponents.
Both teams enter Wednesday's game coming off wins over Horizon League opponents. Green Bay came from behind to beat Cleveland State 2-1 on the road Oct. 22 while Detroit picked up its first conference win (1-0) over UIC on the same night. With nine squads vying for a spot in the six-team conference tournament with three games remaining, Wednesday's contest carries high importance in post season play.
Green Bay currently sits fourth in the Horizon League standings while Detroit is eighth. The Phoenix must win its final three games in order to be the No. 1 seed and tournament host while Detroit must win its final three games in order to have a chance at making the tournament.
HORIZON LEAGUE RANKINGS: As a team, Detroit leads the league with 80 saves while Green Bay is third with 67. Offensively, the Phoenix has scored 21 goals which is fourth best in the league while the Titans have netted 20 goals which is fifth best among Horizon League teams.
Individually, senior Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) leads the Phoenix with five goals which is tied for seventh in the league while classmate Stuart Grable (Neenah, Wis.) continues to lead the league with six assists. Detroit goalie Anthony Shepherd leads the league with 67 saves while Green Bay's Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) is third with 53 on the year.
NATIONAL RANKING SUMMARY: With its recent four-game winning streak, Green Bay jumped up to No. 76 in this week's NCAA RPI standings. In addition, for the first time this season Green Bay finds itself in the NSCAA Regional Rankings at No. 9 in the Great Lakes region.
Green Bay's 4.79 saves per game ranks 41st in the nation among 200 ranked teams while Detroit's 5.71 saves per contest ranks 13th. Shepherd is averaging 5.15 saves per contest which is 26th in the nation among 150 ranked players. Grable's six assists ranks 32nd in the nation among 150 players and assists per game (0.43) ranks 36th.
SNEAK PEAK: Green Bay will play its final regular season road game at Wright State (7-5-2, 3-1-1) Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. ET before wrapping up regular season play at home Saturday, Nov. 5 as it hosts Horizon League front runner Valparaiso (7-5-3, 3-0-1) at Aldo Santaga Stadium at 1 p.m.
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