FORT MYERS, Fla. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's soccer team scored first Friday night in its opening game of the Embassy Suites Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., but tournament host Florida Gulf Coast (2-1) scored twice within four minutes to steal a 2-1 victory. Senior Megan Braatz (Waukesha, Wis.) found the back of the net for the Phoenix in the 62nd minute.
With Tropical Storm Isaac heading towards the gulf coast, Green Bay's game against Florida Atlantic scheduled for Sunday morning has been moved up to 6 p.m. on Saturday night.
Braatz was aggressive from the onset on Friday night, firing three shots in the opening 16 minutes. With the shots even at 5-5 at the break, the Phoenix and the Eagles went to the halftime break scoreless.
Seventeen minutes into the second half, Braatz put the visitors in front, scoring off a pass from sophomore Hannah Kernen (Belleville, Wis.).
The Phoenix had two good chances just eight minutes later, but FGCU's Brittany Brown turned away shots from sophomore Emily Friedl (Kenosha, Wis.) and Kernan.
The Eagles pushed across the equalizer in the 79th minute on a header goal from Emma Blackwell. Less than three minutes later, Blackwell added the game-winner and the Phoenix suffered a second-straight tough defeat. Green Bay dropped its opener 2-0 last Friday when South Dakota State scored twice in the last 10 minutes.
"It was tough to lose a second game in a row in the final minutes," said Warren. "We had two really good chances to go 2-0 up right before they counter attacked and scored the tying goal following our corner kick. The heat and humidity took its toll in the later stages of the game but our players fought bravely. We will have to bounce back with a quick turnaround before facing Florida Atlantic Saturday night."
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