Kelli Swenson’s header off a corner kick proved to be the game-winning goal as the Milwaukee women’s soccer team staved a comeback attempt from Green Bay in the second half and claimed a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at Aldo Santaga Stadium.
The Panthers came out firing on all cylinders to begin things. Four shots and a pair of corner kicks were tallied in the first 14-plus minutes of action. Milwaukee eventually broke through when Maddie Tetzke found Aubrey Krahn, who netted a goal at the 15:48 mark. It was Krahn’s second consecutive game with a goal.
However, the Phoenix quickly responded. They baited the Panthers to commit a foul in the box, earning them a penalty kick that Katie Schulz converted, knotting the score up at 1-1 just three minutes after the Panthers had scored.
Despite the neutralizing goal, Milwaukee kept pushing and earned a majority of the ensuing possessions. There were a few close calls, including a shot by Callie O’Donnell off the crossbar in the 27th minute. Just a few minutes later, the Panthers would break through again when Swenson bagged her first goal of the season on a corner kick from O’Donnell at the 43:16 mark.
The offense put up another six shots after intermission, making their total sit at 18 for the night. Maria Stephans and Anna Smalley each finished with a team-high five shots.
The Panthers will now play their final road game of the season, a trip to Ohio on Saturday for action against Youngstown State. Kick off against the Penguins is set for 2 p.m. CST.