Green Bay Unable to Overcome First Half Deficit, Falls 3-0
By: Jill Wunrow (@JillWunrow)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay (2-4-1, 0-1 HL) men's soccer team was unable to overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit as it fell 3-0 to SIUE (6-2-0) Tuesday at Aldo Santaga Stadium. It was the first home contest for the Phoenix since Aug. 31.
"We came out flat and it's just frustrating to have the type of performance we did in front of our great fans who came out in the cold to support us," said senior goalkeeper Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) who returned to the net for the Phoenix after rehabbing an ankle injury suffered Aug. 31. "As a team captain, I take responsibility for our performance and promise it won't happen again."
Green Bay's first shot of the contest came off the foot of Ahmad Bah (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) in the 19th minute but was high off the mark.
Two-and-a-half minutes later, SIUE's Devon Newport took the first corner kick of the game. The Cougars' Christian Volesky found Peter Kelly off the serve for the 1-0 header goal.
Less than two minutes later Kelly found Volesky for the 2-0 cushion.
In the 31st minute, Green Bay's Whitney Browne (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) fired a shot but SIUE goalie Kent Kobernus was there for the save. In the 36th minute, Browne took Green Bay's final shot of the half but it was blocked, leaving the Phoenix scoreless at the break.
SIUE outshot the Phoenix 8-3 and 1-0 on corner kicks in the first half while Wehking made three saves.
Green Bay's closest look at the goal came in the 57th minute off a set play. Alonso Flores (Chicago, Ill.) took the shot from the top of the box but miss two feet to the left side of the net.
In the 73rd minute, SIUE's Benny Jeffery found Volesky in the corner of the box for the goal, sealing the 3-0 win over the Phoenix.
The Cougars outshot the Phoenix 15-7 and 2-0 on corner kicks while Wehking tallied five saves.
Green Bay will have a quick turnaround as it heads west for the Oregon State Tournament Sept. 21-23 where it will face Oregon State (Sept. 21) and Gonzaga (Sept. 23). The Phoenix returns home to open Horizon League play Sept. 29 against Wright State at 7 p.m.
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