By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis.
(GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Sophomore
keeper Katy Pilarzyk (Madison, Wis.)
and a young Green Bay (3-6-0) defense hung tough, but a late goal by visiting
Detroit (4-4-1) left the Phoenix with a 1-0 loss in the Horizon League women's
soccer opener at Aldo Santaga Stadium.
Pilarzyk made eight saves in the game, including seven
in the second half, helping to keep the Titans off the scoreboard for most of the
afternoon. Pilarzyk's last save, stopping Alyssa Riley's shot from in close off
a corner kick, led to the Titan game-winning goal. The rebound went to Abby
McCollum, who scored from just a few yards out for an 85th minute goal and a
Making her ninth start in nine game this season for
the Phoenix, Pilarzyk teamed with a defensive backline full of freshmen to keep
the Titans at bay, but the Phoenix offense could not get it going.
The best chance of the game for the home team came in the
11th minute, when sophomore Emily Friedl
(Kenosha, Wis.), made a move to free herself and send a cross into the box. Hannah Kernen (Belleville, Wis.) got a
decent header on the cross, but her attempt could not get over the arms of
Titan keeper Nora Abolins.
Freshman Maria Lillge (Appleton, Wis.) came off the bench in the second half and made a
beautiful strike from outside the box in the 64th minute, but Abolins made
another nice save.
Green Bay plays one home game and one road game next
weekend. The Phoenix will travel to Wright State for a Horizon League game on
Friday night at 3 p.m. CT before hosting a non-conference tilt against Indiana
State at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.
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