Braatz Leads Phoenix Past Northern Iowa, 4-0
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Phoenix sophomore Megan Braatz (Waukesha, Wis.) recorded a pair of goals and a pair of assists in Green Bay's convincing 4-0 victory over Northern Iowa Friday night at Santaga Stadium. With the win, Green Bay moves to 2-1-2 on the year, while the Panthers fall to 0-5-0.
"It was a great performance by our girls tonight," Phoenix head coach Trevor Warren said. "We worked all week on creating better chances so we could get some better looks at the goal and it just happened for us tonight. We were finally able to find the net and it felt great."
Braatz put the Phoenix on the board right before halftime in the 44th minute when she beat a Panthers defender at the top of the box and struck the back of the net from close range on the right side.
"Megan showed a lot of composure on that first goal," Warren said. "That was a really important goal right before halftime. It kind of settled us down a little bit and set the tone for the rest of the game"
Braatz netted her second goal in the 58th minute when junior (Blaine, Minn.) made a nice pass from the left side to find her sophomore teammate, who then slotted the ball past UNI freshman goalkeeper Erin Zaideman.
Braatz rounded out her six-point evening by assisting on Green Bay's final two goals. In the 63rd minute, Braatz made a pass from the left corner to classmate Chanel Aries (Calgary, Alberta), who then found freshman Ahna Logan (Roseville, Minn.) for a long range goal from straight on. In the 83rd minute, Braatz nearly tallied her third score when she blasted a shot on target from the left side. The ball ricocheted off a Panthers defender to freshman Ella Bump (River Falls, Wis.), who knocked it home for Green Bay's fourth goal of the night.
"Megan had a great game," Warren said. "We were hoping she was going to get the hat trick. She had a good chance late in the game but the defender made a nice play to block it and it went right to Ella who was able to smack it in for her first collegiate goal."
The Phoenix defense earned its fourth shutout in five games this season and has given up just one goal thus far in 2010. Junior goalkeeper (Appleton, Wis.) tallied her fourth shutout, moving her league-leading goals-against average to in impressive 0.19.
Green Bay out-shot Northern Iowa 19-10 in the contest, including a 12-5 advantage in the second half. The Phoenix had eight shots on goal in the match, while the Panthers managed three.
The Phoenix is back in action on Sunday when it hosts South Dakota State at 1 p.m. at Santaga Stadium. The match wraps up Green Bay's three-game home stand, as the Phoenix hits the road for four straight games following the bout with the Jackrabbits.