By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The formula worked so well on Friday night that the Green Bay women’s soccer team utilized it again on Sunday afternoon. The Phoenix, who tallied all three goals after halftime on Friday, broke a scoreless tie with two second-half markers on Sunday to defeat Eastern Illinois and claim the 2013 Green Bay Phoenix Soccer Tournament at Aldo Santaga Stadium.
Green Bay (2-1-1) was the lone team in the tournament to go 2-0-0, with Western Illinois and Northern Iowa each splitting two games and Eastern Illinois (0-4-0) dropping two contests. The Phoenix defeated Western Illinois 3-1 on Friday evening.
Despite holding an 8-3 advantage in shots on Sunday, the Phoenix could not find the back of the net in the first half. Eastern Illinois keeper Cortney Jerzy made five saves in the opening 45 minutes to keep Green Bay scoreless.
In the second half, Phoenix head coach Trevor Warren inserted junior Abby Juzwik (Madison, Wis.) in the 60th minute and the move immediately paid dividends. After quick passing from Hekla Palmadottir (Akranes, Iceland) and Heidi Hartmann (Plymouth, Minn.), Juzwik took a shot from the top of the box that sailed beautifully over the outstretched arms of the keeper and into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Just four minutes later the Phoenix had added an insurance goal. After a foul 35 yards out, Palmadottir sent a beautiful free kick into the box, where junior Jenna Harrington (Madison, Wis.) was on the receiving end to head it into the box for a 2-0 lead and the final margin.
For the game, Green Bay held a 19-3 edge in shots and had nine shots on goal. Hartmann was active throughout and finished with a game-high six shots and an assist.
Sophomore Nastacia Behle (St. Paul, Mo.) relieved starter Katy Pilarzyk (Madison, Wis.) in goal in the 63rd minute to earn the victory. The duo combined on the shutout, with Pilarzyk making the team’s lone save.
Green Bay will hit the road next weekend for a pair of games away from home. The Phoenix travels to Indiana State on Friday night at 6 p.m. before visiting Drake on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Green Bay Phoenix Soccer Tournament Award Winners
Most Valuable Player: Hannah Kernen, Green Bay
Offensive MVP: Hekla Palmadottir, Green Bay
Defensive MVP: Amber Davis, Western Illinois
Goalkeeper: Katy Pilarzyk, Green Bay
Defender: Amber Davis, Western Illinois
Defender: Jenna Harrington, Green Bay
Defender: Caitlin Greene, Eastern Illinois
Midfielder: Sloane Levin, Western Illinois
Midfielder: Hannah Kernen, Green Bay
Midfielder: Sarah McHugh, Northern Iowa
Forward: Hekla Palmadottir, Green Bay
Forward: Tyra Markey, Western Illinois
Forward: Heidi Hartmann, Green Bay
Forward: Brady Clark, Northern Iowa
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