Men's Soccer Tops St. Thomas in Exhibition Action, 1-0

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Release: August 21, 2013
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Jeremy Nji (22) scored the game-winning goal in his first appearance in a Phoenix uniform.

By: Rachel Buck
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – With 21 different players seeing action, the Green Bay men’s soccer team held a 15-3 advantage in shots and opened its exhibition season with a 1-0 win over visiting St. Thomas on Wednesday afternoon at Aldo Santaga Stadium.

Two of head coach Dan Popik's 14 freshmen connected on the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute. Jeremy Nji (Kimberly, Wis.) collected a corner kick from Tyler Swanner (Glen Carbon, Ill.) and sent it to the back of the net to put the Phoenix ahead. The goal was the culmination of a second half controlled by Green Bay, as the Phoenix put up nine shots, including five on goal.

The Phoenix looked to strike first in the eighth minute as senior Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) took two quality shots, including a header that just sailed over the crossbar. Both teams battled in the midfield and Green Bay threatened in the 26th and 35th minutes with set pieces just outside the box, but both attempts failed to produce a goal.

Green Bay set the tone in the second half, as junior Lawrence Talery (Coon Rapids, Minn.) forced UST’s keeper Mitchell Wolff into a diving save just two minutes into the action. Krenzien had a shot in the 56th minute that drew Wolff off of his line, but Chris Kirihara came up with the team save on the line to leave the scoreboard blank. The Phoenix saw three more close opportunities in the dwindling minutes of the second half before Nji’s goal gave the team the win.

Freshmen keepers Kyle Ihn (Wales, Wis.) and Dary DeWalt (Milwaukee, Wis.) shared time in net for the Phoenix, posting one combined save in the shutout.

The Phoenix plays its final exhibition match of the season on Saturday, traveling to Madison to take on the Badgers at 5:00 p.m. 

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SCHEDULE
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Wednesday, August 10
Women's Soccer 
vs. Viterbo (Exhibition)
6:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , August 14
Women's Soccer 
vs. Cardinal Stritch (Exhibition)
6:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Friday , August 19
Women's Soccer 
vs. Loyola
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , August 21
Women's Soccer 
vs. Akron
12:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Thursday , August 25
Women's Soccer 
vs. Southeast Missouri
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , August 28
Women's Soccer 
vs. Air Force
2:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Friday , September 02
Women's Soccer 
vs. Eastern Michigan
4:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , September 04
Women's Soccer 
at Illinois State
1:00 PM
Normal, Ill.
 
Sunday , September 11
Women's Soccer 
vs. South Dakota State
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Friday , September 16
Women's Soccer 
vs. Northern Kentucky
6:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
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