Tie is a good one for Phoenix women’s soccer

For the first time in program history (since 1987) the UW-Green Bay women’s soccer team has picked up a win or draw against a nationally-ranked opponent, with its 1-1 tie against No. 21 DePaul on Thursday evening at Santaga Stadium. Green Bay (4-2-1) held its own after falling behind 1-0 on a Blue Demons goal in the 18th minute, and freshman Alex Zeller leveled just before halftime. Read more.

Busy weekend for Phoenix Athletics

There’s a whole lot of action going on this weekend, starting with Phoenix Athletics hosting volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer. Here is a preview:

· The volleyball team opens the 2014 season at the Kress Events Center, hosting six matches at the Green Bay Country Inn and Suites Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Green Bay opens play in its own event at 7 p.m., Friday against Big XII Conference member Kansas State. The Phoenix will then matchup on Saturday at noon with 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Arizona before closing the tournament against South Dakota on Saturday at 7 p.m.

· Fresh off logging some serious minutes and earning Horizon League Player of the Week honors, junior Heidi Hartmann, and the Phoenix women’s soccer team (3-1) takes on Northern Iowa in a 1 p.m. match Friday (Aug. 29), and North Dakota at noon Sunday.

· The men’s soccer team plays its home opener Friday at 4 p.m. against Grand Canyon. All soccer matches will be played at Aldo Santaga Stadium.

Two games for women’s soccer, and two buckets of ice at Friday’s halftime

The Green Bay women’s soccer team will open up the 2014 season this weekend with a pair of home games at Santaga Stadium. Green Bay will face IUPUI for the season-opener on Fri., Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. and will then play host to Ball State at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24. The program is billing the halftime entertainment Friday as the Ice Bucket Challenge involving UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller and Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie.

Women’s soccer opener is Aug. 22

Entering her first season as head coach of the Green Bay women’s soccer program, Kacey Burke has announced the 2014 schedule, which is highlighted by a visit from defending Horizon League champion and in-state rival Milwaukee in October, and an early-season home match vs. NCAA contender DePaul. The season begins Friday, Aug. 22, with a match against visiting IUPUI. See the full schedule.

Former UNC star will coach Phoenix women’s soccer

A former member of the United States National Team and an NCAA All-American for national champion North Carolina, Kacey Burke has been hired as the next head women’s soccer coach at Green Bay, Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie announced on Friday. For the past two years, Burke has served as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma. Read more.

Warren retires as women’s soccer coach

After six seasons as the head coach of the Green Bay women’s soccer program, Trevor Warren announced his retirement on Tuesday, effective July 11. “I’ve enjoyed my six seasons at the helm of the women’s soccer team and had the pleasure of working with some talented and very hard-working players, both in and out of the classroom,” Warren said. Read news release.

Video: Grateful grads, beautiful images, pomp, circumstance and Class of 2014

The 634 graduates who participated in Saturday’s commencement ceremony had plenty to reflect on from their time at UW-Green Bay. For Phoenix soccer’s Chanel Aries, it was applied learning and a one-of-a-kind education. For Heba Mohammad, a 2012 UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award recipient, it was involvement outside the classroom as well as in. And for Seenia Thao, who with fellow senior Jenny Mottl made history as the first Phuture Phoenix program graduates of UW-Green Bay, it was a global perspective — and an appreciation for her alma mater that deepens every day. For more from these new alumae and plenty of memorable scenes from today’s big event, check out our commencement day video.

Permission to be Casual – Next Week is Spirit Week!

It’s time for high-fives and fist-pumps… well maybe not for all, but there are still great reasons to join in on Spirit Week next week, Oct. 14-19. Here are some of the activities.

· All week beginning Monday, Oct.14 — 20% off your clothing purchases for trading in gear with non-Phoenix logos.
· Thursday, Oct. 17 — Free ice cream for wearing UWGB apparel outside the Phoenix Bookstore. Look for a concert and concessions at 4 p.m. on the Student Services Plaza or in the Phoenix Park with free slushies and music by Tuscan Road.
· Friday, Oct. 18 — Share a photo of your UWGB spirit with #UWGBSpirit for a chance to win a gift card from the Phoenix Bookstore.
· Saturday, Oct.19 — Men’s (2:30 pm) and women’s soccer (noon) and volleyball (4 pm) teams all have home games. Wear white at the soccer game Saturday, Oct. 19 for a “white-out” and receive a free cup of chili.

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Fresh from across the pond, Phoenix share royal baby joy

As we told you here yesterday, the Phoenix women’s soccer team shared its excitement about the royal baby with WBAY, Channel 2 Monday (July 22), just more than a month after returning from a team trip to London. Players Ellen Joppe and Nastacia Behle talked about life across the pond while royal baby madness was in full swing, and Phoenix coach and British expatriate Trevor Warren said he’d be celebrating, too. “You can’t help but follow it,” Warren said. “I follow the local news from England and the newspapers. It’s all they’ve been talking about for the last couple of weeks.” Full story.