Green Bay Welcomes Wright State to Santaga Stadium Sunday
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's soccer team (3-8-3, 1-2-1) begins the second half of its Horizon League schedule Sunday afternoon as it welcomes Wright State (5-6-2, 0-2-1) to Santaga Stadium for a 12 p.m. CT kickoff. It will be an important match for both squads as they try to pick up points to qualify for the league tournament.
The Phoenix is currently holding onto the sixth and final spot in the Horizon League Tournament, while Wright State is still looking for its first conference win, sitting in eighth place.
LAST WEEK: Green Bay enters Sunday's contest coming off a 0-0 double overtime tie against Loyola Wednesday night at Santaga Stadium. Senior goalkeeper (Appleton, Wis.) registered seven saves in the contest for her fourth shutout of the season.
"The tie doesn't hurt us," Phoenix head coach Trevor Warren said after the match. "Loyola is a team that has historically outplayed us, and we were able to play them straight up tonight. We defended well and we showed a lot of heart and a lot of grit. We just needed that last little pass or that last little through ball to get on the board."
The Raiders aim to snap a three-match losing streak on Sunday, coming off a 4-2 loss at Creighton on Wednesday.
THE SERIES: Green Bay is looking for its first win against the Raiders since the 2005 season - a 1-0 victory at Santaga Stadium. WSU leads the all-time series 12-5-3 and has won the last four meetings, including a 3-0 win in Dayton last season.
BETWEEN THE POSTS: Sunday's match will feature two of the Horizon League's top goalkeepers in Drusch and WSU's Brooke McCurdy. Drusch, Green Bay's all-time leader in saves (364 career, 80 this year), owns a 0.86 goals against average, the second-best in the conference. McCurdy has turned away 68 shots this season, second only to Drusch.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Phoenix has played well on its home turf this season, earning all three of its victories at Santaga Stadium (3-2-2). Since Warren's arrival in 2008, Green Bay has posted an 11-8-10 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: Drusch 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 364.
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 preview this week's important Horizon League home matches. To watch the show, click here.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: Green Bay hits the road next Saturday to face Youngstown State at 12 p.m. CT in Youngstown, Ohio. The Phoenix then returns to Santaga Stadium the following Sunday (Oct. 23) for its final regular season home match of the year.
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.