Green Bay Women's Soccer Heads to Detroit Saturday
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's soccer team (3-7-2, 1-1-0) looks for its second consecutive Horizon League win on Saturday when it travels to Detroit (8-4-1, 1-1-0) for a 12 p.m. CT kickoff at Titan Field.
The contest pits one of the league's best defenses in Green Bay against the conference's most high-powered offense in Detroit. The Phoenix has surrendered just 11 goals in 12 matches this season, while the Titans have knocked in a league-best 38 goals in 13 games.
Detroit has controlled the all-time series against Green Bay, holding a 16-2-3 advantage. However, the Phoenix has found success against the Titans under head coach Trevor Warren, going 1-0-2 in his three seasons with the team. Each of the last two meetings ended in draws, including a 1-1 tie at Santaga Stadium last season.
LAST WEEK: The Phoenix enters Saturday's match coming off a 2-1 win over Cleveland State on Sunday as part of Alumni Weekend at Santaga Stadium. Sophomore Ahna Logan (Roseville, Minn.) and senior (Winneconne, Wis.) each scored their first goals of the season in the victory. Sophomore Hekla Palmadottir (Akranes, Iceland) assisted Arno's goal for her team-high ninth point of the year (3 goals, 3 assists).
The Titans, who are ranked ninth the Great Lakes Region, dropped a 2-1 result at first-place Milwaukee (10-1-0) on Sunday after defeating Oakland 3-1 in their most recent home match on Thursday, Sept. 22. Senior midfielder Lauren Roffey led Detroit past the Grizzlies with a pair of goals, including the game-winner.
RECORD BREAKER: Green Bay goalkeeper Maddie Drusch (Appleton, Wis.) became the school's all-time saves leader in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Vikings. The senior stopped five shots on goal to run her career saves total to 355, surpassing former Phoenix standout Laura Sandt (352, 1994-97) in the record books. For her efforts, Drusch was selected as the Horizon League's Co-Player of the Week, along with Milwaukee's Sarah Hagen.
IN THE RANKINGS: Both the Phoenix and the Titans are among the nation's leaders in several statistical categories according to the most recent NCAA rankings released on Sept. 25. Green Bay: Ranks 21st among 330 Division I schools in team save percentage (87.2) ... Drusch ranks ninth in total saves (71) and 20th in save percentage (87.7) Detroit: Ranks 11th in scoring offense (2.92 goals per game) ... Sophomore Abby McCollum ranks first in the NCAA in assists (8)
GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Phoenix has not allowed more than a single goal in each of its last 10 contests. In all, Green Bay has given up just 11 goals in 12 matches in 2011.
EXTRA TIME WITH TREVOR WARREN: Drusch joined Phoenix head coach Trevor Warren and host Jill Wunrow as the special guest on this week's episode of Extra Time. The three recap the team's win over CSU, talk about Drusch's performance this season and preview the contest in Detroit. To watch the show, click here.
FOLLOW IT LIVE: Live stats will be available on GreenBayPhoenix.com during Saturday's match. To follow the game live, click here.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: The Phoenix returns to Santaga Stadium on Wednesday when it plays host to Loyola at 7 p.m.
###Season tickets and Fall Sports Passes are now on sale for women's soccer, as well as men'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.