Green Bay Returns to Action at Illinois State

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Release: September 18, 2012
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Sophomore Emily Friedl recorded her first goal of the season against South Dakota Sept. 9.

By: Justin Grones

GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After nearly a week and a half since its last game, Green Bay women's soccer (3-4-0) will travel to Normal, Ill. for a 3 p.m. matchup with Illinois State on Wednesday. The Phoenix enters the contest trying to post its first three-game winning streak since 2006.

Before the 10-day break, Green Bay started off a red-hot weekend with a 4-2 win over Michigan Tech Sept. 7. Freshman Maria Lillge (Appleton, Wis.) scored her first two collegiate goals on a night that allowed head coach Trevor Warren to play 24 players. The Phoenix outshot the Huskies 17-13, and posted a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Despite conceding an early goal, Green Bay completed the weekend sweep with a 3-1 victory over South Dakota Sept. 9. Sophomore Emily Friedl (Kenosha, Wis.) recorded her first goal of the season to spark the Phoenix offense. Freshman Heidi Hartmann (Plymouth, Wis.) netted her first career goal late in the game to secure the win.

Illinois State (5-2-2) will also be seeking a three-game winning streak, coming off a 2-1 victory over Bowling Green and a 1-0 win over Toledo last weekend. The Redbirds hold a 9-3-0 advantage all-time over the Phoenix, and won the last meeting between the two teams in 2008.

Green Bay will return home and open Horizon League play with a noon matchup against Detroit on Saturday.

FOLLOW IT LIVE: Links for live stats, free internet radio and pay-per-view live video will be available on GreenBayPhoenix.com for the Phoenix game against the Redbirds.

RIPPING THE NET: Green Bay has posted seven goals in its past two games, and now has 12 goals for the season in just seven games. The Phoenix managed to find the back of the net just eight times in 2011.

COMMON OPPONENTS: Green Bay and Illinois State both competed in the 2012 Florida Gulf Coast Tournament earlier this season, but did not face each other. The Redbirds finished 1-0-1 after defeating Florida Atlantic 7-0 and tying Florida Gulf Coast 2-2.

EXTRA TIME WITH TREVOR WARREN: Warren will be sharing insights into the women's soccer program on regular episodes of Extra Time with Trevor Warren on GreenBayPhoenix.com. To watch, click here.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: Green Bay returns home to open Horizon League play against Detroit at noon Saturday before traveling to Wright State Sept. 28.


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