Sept. 16, 2006
Green Bay, WI - Sophomore defender Ray Hibbler slammed home the game-winning goal in the 104th minute for his first goal of the season and his first career game-winner as the Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix edged Sacred Heart, 2-1 in overtime, in the Nike Soccer Classic Saturday.
After a scoreless first half, Sacred Heart (2-2-1) took a 1-0 lead just 21 seconds into the first half when Jesper Fredriksson (Gothenburg, Sweden scored his fourth goal of the season with a header off an assist by Jason Tessitore (Ansonia, CT). It was Fredriksson's team leading fourth marker of the year and third in the last two games.
The Phoenix knotted the contest in the 78th minute when sophomore Mike McCormack scored his second goal of the season. Off a Phoenix set piece, Sacred Heart's defense could not clear the ball as it bounced around in the box, popping out to McCormack who one-timed a shot from 15 yards. Both teams had good chances to win in regulation, but neither team could shake the nets.
In overtime, Sacred Heart mustered a pair of shots in the first overtime session, but did not find the frame. Then, in the 104th minute, senior Joshua Okoampa broke through on the right side and sent a cross through on the end line. Hibbler slid and slammed home the game-winner in front of the Phoenix alumni that had returned for the annual Homecoming weekend.
For the game, the Phoenix out-shot the Pioneers 17-13, including a 10-5 mark in shots on goal. SHU's Matthew Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) made eight saves, while UW-Green Bay's Josh Loyd posted four stops. The Phoenix also tallied a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Pioneers will face Georgia State will Sunday at 11 a.m. to close out the Nike Soccer Classic.