Green Bay Ties Wright State in Defensive Battle
By Justin Grones
DAYTON, Ohio (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Despite being pinned on its own end of the field for the majority of the first half, the Green Bay women's soccer team (3-6-1) played strong defensively and counterattacked a tough Wright State (6-2-4) defense at the right moments en route to posting a 1-1 tie.
"I'm very proud of the team and how hard they competed until the final whistle," said Head Coach Trevor Warren. " Wright State isn't an easy place for any team to come and get even a point, so I'm satisfied with the result."
Junior Ahna Logan (Roseville, Minn.) broke through the Raiders defense and netted her first goal of the season in the 65th minute off a pass from senior Megan Braatz (Waukesha, Wis.) to break the scoreless tie.
"Ahna sprinted forward from her defensive position and hit a perfect shot from outside the area in the bottom corner," said Warren.
Green Bay continued to push the ball to the Wright State end of the field, but the Raiders defense prevented the Phoenix from finding a second goal.
With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Wright State's Ashley Miltko went far post from 18 yards out off a corner kick to knot the game at 1-1. Neither team could find the back of the net before the final horn, sending the game to overtime.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katy Pilarzyk (Madison, Wis.), who had eight saves on the night, made her most critical stop with five minutes remaining in the first overtime period as Wright State's Ini Umotong fired a shot from point-blank range.
The tie brings Green Bay's Horizon League record to 0-1-1, while Wright State holds a 1-0-1 conference mark.
Green Bay will host Indiana State in a nonconference matchup at Aldo Santaga Stadium on Sunday. The Phoenix will kickoff against the Sycamores at noon.
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