Green Bay Plays Host to Loyola Wednesday Night
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's soccer team (3-8-2, 1-2-0) begins an important stretch in its pursuit of a conference tournament spot this week, as the Phoenix starts a two-match Horizon League home stand against Loyola (4-7-2, 0-1-1) Wednesday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Santaga Stadium.
The Phoenix enters Wednesday's contest ranked fifth in the league standings, with the top six squads qualifying for postseason play. The Ramblers are still looking for their first Horizon League victory to get back into conference tournament contention.
"It's a big game for both of us," Green Bay head coach Trevor Warren said. "We're on our home turf, and our women take a lot of pride in playing well at home. I feel like we're very well-prepared for this team and if we just play our game I'm confident good things will happen."
LAST WEEK: Green Bay is coming off a 2-0 loss at Detroit on Saturday against the league's most high-powered offense. The Titans knocked in their 39th and 40th goals of the season and now rank sixth among 330 Division I women's soccer programs in scoring offense (2.86 goals per game). For the Phoenix, it marked just the second time in 13 matches this season that the defense surrendered more than one goal.
The Ramblers enter Wednesday's match coming off a 2-0 win over Indiana State on Monday afternoon. Junior Ana Claudia Michelini tallied her third goal of the season, while freshman Sammy Gage notched her first collegiate goal in the win.
THE SERIES: Loyola has a slight advantage all-time against the Phoenix, owning an 11-10-2 record in a series that dates back to 1992. Green Bay took the most recent meeting between the two schools, earning a 2-1 road win on Oct. 19, 2010. The Phoenix and the Ramblers battled to a scoreless tie the last time they met at Santaga Stadium during the 2009 campaign.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Phoenix has played well on its home turf this season, earning all three of its victories at Santaga Stadium (3-2-1). Since Warren's arrival in 2008, Green Bay has posted an 11-8-9 record at home. In addition, seven of the team's eight goals on the year have been scored in Green Bay.
PLAYER TO WATCH: On Monday TopDrawerSoccer.com released its list of Top-20 Players to Watch in the Horizon League, with Green Bay sophomore Hekla Palmadottir (Akranes, Iceland) making the list at No. 18. The forward leads the Phoenix in points this season with nine (3 goals, 3 assists) - a total that ranks 17th in the conference.
RECORD BREAKER: Green Bay goalkeeper (Appleton, Wis.) became the school's all-time saves leader in a 2-1 win over Cleveland State on Sept. 25. 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. Her career total is currently at 357.
EXTRA TIME WITH TREVOR WARREN: Phoenix head coach Trevor Warren joined guest host Andrew Gavin Monday for this week's episode of Extra Time. The two recap the team's 2-0 loss at Detroit and preview this week's important Horizon League home matches. To watch the show, click here.
FOLLOW IT LIVE: Wednesday's match between Green Bay and Loyola will be shown on a tape delayed basis on Time Warner Cable Sports32, with the first airing on Thursday at 7 p.m. Live stats will also be available during the match. To follow the game live, click here.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: The Phoenix is back in action on Sunday when it welcomes Wright State to Santaga Stadium for a 12 p.m. kickoff.
###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.