Aug. 26, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's soccer team was defeated by Northeastern, 2-1, Friday afternoon in the season opener played at Glay Field. Senior co-captain John Raley (St. Inigoes, Md.) scored for the Friars, but Andre Ciliotta's goal in the 71st minute proved to be the difference as the Huskies earned their first win over Providence since 1992.
The Friars created the better scoring opportunities in the first half as freshman Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) had two chances from 12 yards out in the 13th and 14th minute, but Northeastern goalie Jacob Aduama made the saves on each attempt. In the 30th minute, Raley ripped a left-footed free kick from 25 yards out that glanced off the left post.
After a scoreless first half, there were three goals in a span of 4:13 in the latter stages of the second half. The Huskies struck first in the 67th minute when Karl Rumph played a cross from the left flank to the near post to Ricardo McDonald who headed the ball into the lower left corner of the net. The Friars scored the equalizer in the 70th minute on Raley's first collegiate goal. Ugarte played a free kick from the right wing, which was headed out to the top of the 18-yard box. Raley settled the ball before firing a shot into the top right corner. However, just 1:18 later the Huskies regained the lead for good. Dante Marini fired a shot from 30 yards out and PC goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) made a diving attempt as the ball hit the cross bar and bounced in front of the goal. Ciliotta ran onto the ball and headed it into the open net.
The Friars put pressure on the Huskies in search of the equalizer. Freshman Jimmy Petruccelli (Brentwood, N.H.) nearly sent the game into overtime but his left-footed volley with 1:22 remaining missed just high. Providence finished with a 14-11 advantage in shots. Obando had two saves for Providence, while Aduama totaled six stops.
The Friars are back in action on Monday, August 29 when they face Quinnipiac at 4:00 p.m. in Hamden, N.H.