Drusch Breaks Saves Record as Phoenix Beats CSU on Alumni Day

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Release: September 25, 2011
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Maddie Drusch became Green Bay's all-time saves leader in Sunday's 2-1 win over Cleveland State.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's soccer team (3-7-2, 1-1-0) picked up a 2-1 win over Cleveland State (7-4-0, 0-2-0) Sunday afternoon as part of Alumni Weekend at Santaga Stadium. Battling steady rain and wet field conditions, the Phoenix was able to snap a five-match losing streak and earn its first win in Horizon League play.

"We got a much needed win today," Phoenix head coach Trevor Warren said. "We hadn't been having a lot of luck lately and maybe the alumni changed it around for us. It was great having them there watching and cheering us on. It was a good time to get the win, especially in the terrible weather conditions."

Highlighting the match was the performance of senior goalkeeper Maddie Drusch (Appleton, Wis.), who made five stops to become Green Bay's all-time leader in career saves (355). She entered the contest needing just three saves to surpass former Phoenix standout Laura Sandt (1994-97), who previously held the record with 352. The record-breaking save came in the first half when Drusch stopped a Kelcey Fischer shot attempt at the 37:57 mark.

"Maddie just keeps teams out of the net," Warren said. "Very rarely does she make mistakes and rarely do teams ever get more than one goal on us, which means we're always in the game. She's had a fantastic career so far and I'm very happy that she was able to achieve this record."

All three goals in the contest were scored within a 10-minute span in the second half, with the Phoenix striking first in the 75th minute on a goal from sophomore defender Ahna Logan (Roseville, Minn.). Logan finished from close range after a shot by freshman Jenna Harrington (Madison, Wis.) hit the crossbar following a well-placed corner kick from Hekla Palmadottir (Akranes, Iceland). It marked Logan's first goal of the season and Harrington's first assist.

"Ahna's goal was a huge breakthrough for us," Warren said. "In these conditions we know anything can happen and sometimes it comes down to who gets the break. It was a big goal for us and it couldn't have come at a better time."

Green Bay tacked on an insurance goal in the 81st minute when senior midfielder Corey Arno (Winneconne, Wis.) drove home a header after a feed from Palmadottir on a free kick from the left side. The goal was Arno's first of the season and fifth of her Phoenix career, while Palmadottir picked up her third assist of the year.

The Vikings got on the board in the 85th minute when junior Jaime Avona converted on a penalty kick, beating Drusch for her third goal of the season. CSU attempted two more shots over the final five minutes, but couldn't even things up to force overtime.

The Phoenix was able to earn the win despite being outshot 18-6 in the contest. Leading the way in the shot department were CSU's Kelcey Fischer and Natalie Daniels, who fired five apiece, while Green Bay had six different players take one shot each. Green Bay made the most of its opportunities, converting on both of its shots on goal. Six of CSU's 18 shots were on target, forcing the five Drusch saves.

The Phoenix is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Detroit to take on the Titans at 12 p.m. CT.

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