GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Having arrived on campus in late July to begin preparations for the 2012 season, the Green Bay women's soccer team will kick off the Phoenix athletics schedule on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Drake in exhibition action at Aldo Santaga Stadium at 1 p.m. Admission to the contest is free.
Green Bay will officially open the 2012 season at home on Friday, Aug. 17, welcoming South Dakota State to Santaga Stadium for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Phoenix, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Trevor Warren, is coming off two of the best defensive seasons in school history. Green Bay surrendered one or zero goals in 14 of its 18 contests in 2011 and gave up just 16 goals through its first 17 matches. In 2010, the Phoenix allowed just 15 goals in 16 contests, tying a school record (1993) for the fewest goals allowed in a season. The team's 0.88 goals-against average was the third lowest in program history.
To continue its strong defense, Green Bay will have to successfully replace graduated goalkeeper Maddie Drusch, who finished her career as the school's all-time leader in goals against average and saves. A trio of keeper are on the 2012 roster, including senior Jennifer Sturchio (Rochester, Minn.), sophomore Katy Pilarzyk (Madison, Wis.) and freshman Nastacia Behle (St. Paul, Mo.).
Junior forward Hekla Palmadottir (Akranes, Iceland) returns after leading the Phoenix offensively with three goals and three assists despite missing five games a season ago.
The Phoenix will have a young squad, with freshmen and sophomores compiling 23 of 29 players. To read more about Warren's recruiting class, click here.
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