GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Playing at a sunny Santaga Stadium on Saturday, the Green Bay men’s soccer team put one goal on the scoreboard in each half to topple the Detroit Titans, 2-0, in Horizon League action.
The win improved Green Bay to 7-4-3 overall and 2-1-1 in the conference, while Detroit fell to 3-7-4 overall and 0-4-0 in the Horizon League.
Green Bay set the tempo from the opening kick, recording five shots in the opening 15 minutes while limiting Detroit to just one. Lawrence Talery (Coon Rapids, Minn.) and Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) both saw shots in the 15th minute sail just wide of the net, and Audi Jepson (Green Bay, Wis.) also forced Detroit’s Nathan Steinwascher into a save situation during the span.
It was Brandon Hall (O’Fallon, Mo) who broke the scoreless tie in the 43rd minute, netting his first career collegiate goal. A Detroit handball outside the box set up a set piece opportunity for the Phoenix, with service into the box coming from Jepson. After bouncing off several bodies, Hall collected the ball and snuck it past Detroit keeper Steinwascher for the game winner.
Green Bay went into halftime with the lead and a 9-3 advantage in shots.
Continuing to apply pressure in the second half, Talery had a shot in the 68th minute that fell out of the hands of Steinwascher before he fell on it to maintain possession. Less than a minute later it was a similar situation for Krenzien as his shot on goal slipped out of the hands of the Detroit keeper, but Steinwascher was again able to collect the ball before any Phoenix capitalized.
Turning to the other end of the field in the 70th minute the Titans looked to capitalize on corner set pieces, but Dary DeWalt (Milwaukee, Wis.) came up with a big save on a header shot from Patrick Soltys and another header off a corner by Soltys sailed high a minute later, keeping Detroit off the scoreboard.
Alert play by AJ Patterson (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) in the 77th minute added an insurance goal for the Phoenix, extending the lead to 2-0. After a shot by Talery landed in the arms of Steinwascher, the keeper walked to the edge of his box to kick it away. As Steinwascher moved forward he bounced the ball and Patterson challenged his possession, knocking the ball away and getting it to Krenzien who tapped it in on the open net for his ninth goal of the season.
Detroit applied offensive pressure in the closing minutes of the match with six shots in the final five minutes but the Green Bay defense and keeper DeWalt stood strong to earn their second shutout of the season.
For the match, Green Bay led in shots, 15-13, while the Titans had a 7-5 edge in corner kicks. DeWalt earned his first shutout as a Phoenix, playing the entire match and making four saves.
Green Bay returns to action next Saturday, traveling to Wright State for a match under the lights at 6 p.m.
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