By: Jill Wunrow
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After a three-game road trip, the Green Bay (2-9-3, 0-3-2 HL) men's soccer team is looking forward to playing its final two games of its regular season slate on its home field of Aldo Santaga Stadium. The Phoenix kicks off its final pair of home games when it hosts UIC (6-5-2, 2-1-1 HL) Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. before wrapping up regular season play Saturday Nov. 3 hosting Cleveland State for senior day at 1 p.m.
Green Bay enters Saturday's contest in a must-win situation in order to be one of six teams to qualify for the Horizon League Tournament taking place Nov. 6, 9-11. With a win, the eighth-place Phoenix could move up to fifth place in the standings with a 1-3-2 conference record. UIC currently stands in second place with its 2-1-1 league record behind Detroit who is in first with a 3-0-0 record against Horizon League opponents.
The Phoenix hosts UIC after coming off a 3-0 loss on the road at the in-state rival Wisconsin Badgers Wednesday, Oct. 17 in a game that featured a torrential downpour rain storm in addition to senior goalkeeper Ryan Wehking (St. Louis, Mo.) leaving the contest late in the first half due to a minor injury.
Green Bay is 2-3-1 on its home field of Aldo Santaga Stadium this season and has forced its opponents to a program-record five double overtime games during its 2012 season.
ABOUT THE SERIES... Saturday's game is the 48th meeting between Green Bay and UIC with the Phoenix holding a 29-16-2 series record over the Flames. Green Bay has won three of its past four meetings against UIC with two of those victories at Aldo Santaga Stadium.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT... UIC comes to Green Bay after a week's rest following two consecutive wins, including its most recent 3-1 victory at Drake University Oct. 13. In addition to its game against the Phoenix, the Flames have two remaining conference games (at Cleveland State, vs. Detroit) with an opportunity to pick up points in the standings.
UIC is led by reigning Horizon League Player of the Year and First Team All-League selection Ivan Stanisavljevic who has six goals and four assists for the Flames. Stanisavljevic has taken a league-best 46 shots on the season while his six goals rank second among league players and assists rank third.
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