By: Jill Wunrow (@JillWunrow)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After playing five of its past six games on the road, the Green Bay (2-6-1, 0-1-0 HL) men's soccer team will play four of its final seven games of the regular season in the confines of Aldo Santaga Stadium. Saturday, Sept. 29 the Phoenix will kick off a four-game Horizon League stretch when it hosts Wright State (2-6-1, 0-0-1 HL) at 7 p.m.
Both teams enter Saturday's contest looking for their first win in Horizon League play. Green Bay faces Wright State after suffering four consecutive losses, including its most recent double overtime last second loss against Gonzaga in the Oregon State Tournament. Phoenix goalkeeper Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) had a combined 12 saves in the two games in the tournament while Ahmad Bah (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) were named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts.
Green Bay leads the league with 42 saves and is one of six teams with two shutouts on the season.
Senior Whitney Browne (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) is seventh in the league with 21 shots followed by teammate Sam Krenzien with 20. Sophomore midfielder Kirby Allen (Appleton, Wis.) hopes to return to the field Saturday after battling injury. Allen leads Green Bay with three goals and seven points and is tied for fifth in both categories among league players.
SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE... The Raiders travel to Green Bay after battling UIC to a 1-1 double overtime tie in which freshman forward Brett Elder gave the Raiders an early 1-0 lead for his team-high third goal of the season. Junior midfielder Derek Zuniga leads Wright State and is second in the league with three assists and tied for second with a team-best 28 shots, 13 on goal.
As a team, Wright State is tied for second in the league with 10 assists and 127 shots. The Raiders were voted into first place in the Horizon League preseason poll with 40 points. This season Wright State returned 10 starters, including junior Bryce Rockwell-Ashton who was a First Team All-League selection in 2012.
ABOUT THE SERIES... Saturday's game marks the 27th meeting between the two squads with Green Bay owning the 15-10-1 series advantage. The Phoenix has won its last three home games against the Raiders while it was defeated during regular season play last season as well as the Horizon League Championship semifinal contest.
ALUMNI DAY... The Phoenix will also be celebrating and honoring its alumni throughout the weekend with various festivities taking place. Friday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. the annual alumni game will take place at Aldo Santaga Stadium with a postgame social. Alumni of the program are invited to partake in breakfast with the team Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mackinaws (2925 Voyager Drive, Green Bay).
When arriving at the game Saturday evening, alumni are asked to check in at the Phoenix Fund Registration table. To RSVP for the alumni events, please contact assistant coach Logan Hoffman at email@example.com.
POPIK'S TOPIKS... Be sure to check out Popik's Topiks with head coach Dan Popik every Wednesday on GreenBayPhoenix.com for the latest insights on Green Bay's upcoming opponents and recent contests.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE... Following its matchup against Wright State, Green Bay will have four days to prepare for in-state Horizon League rival Milwaukee Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Aldo Santaga Stadium at 7 p.m. The annual Chancellor's Cup game will be filmed on tape delay for Time Warner Sports32.
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