Behind Justin Laird's two goals, the Wright State men's soccer team defeated Green Bay 2-1 Friday night at the Horizon League semifinals in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Laird gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at the 24:27 mark of the first half as he turned from the right side of the box and connected on a shot to the upper left of the goal from 20 yards out. The assist went to Brian Cothern.
Horizon League Player of the Year Tony Walls, though, tied the score for Green Bay (11-7-1) five minutes later with his seventh goal of the season on a penalty kick.
It stayed that way until the 61:58 mark of the second half when Laird, who was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team earlier in the week, struck again for his seventh goal of the year. Cothern again provided as the Horizon League First Team now has five on the season.
The Raider defense held from there, despite a 18-13 shot advantage by the Phoenix. as Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Craig Feehan recorded six saves on the night.
Wright State (11-6-2) advances to Sunday's final at 2:00 Eastern against #6 Loyola, who defeated top seed and host Valparaiso 5-4 in eight rounds of penalty kicks to win in the other semifinal after the two teams were locked in a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtime periods. WSU has made one other appearance in the championship match, falling 2-0 in the 1998 final to Butler at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis.