Aug. 31, 2012
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The Providence College men's soccer team downed Bryant in dramatic fashion on Friday afternoon when Wilder Arboleda(Pawtucket, R.I.) scored on a header, off a perfect Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) cross with 53 seconds to play in double overtime. Arboleda's goal gave the Friars a 1-0 victory, and the team will advance to the championship game of the Ocean State Soccer Classic. Providence improves to 1-2-0 overall, while Bryant falls to 0-2-0. It was Providence head coach Craig Stewart's first career victory while leading the Friars.
With time winding down in the second half, the Friars generated two quailty scoring chances. In the 88th minute, junior forward Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.) worked the ball down the right side and placed a cross on the foot of junior midfielder Phil Ziegler (East Lyme, Conn.), but Grisell's attempt went over the bar. Then, with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Grisell took the ball through the middle of the offensive third and fed senior Marc Cintron(Piscataway, N.J.) out to the right of the box, but his shot to the far post was cleared by a Bryant defender.
In the first half, Bryant outshot the Friars, 6-5, and forced redshirt sophomore Keasel Broome(Claymont, Del.) into making three saves in the Providence net. The Friars forced six corner kicks in the first half alone, but were unable to break through as Bryant goalkeeper Chris Knaub turned aside the one Providence shot on goal in the half.
In the second half, the Friars dominated play. Providence outshot the Bulldogs, 10-1, and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. Despite the solid number of chances, regulation ended in a 0-0 tie and the two teams went to overtime.
The Friars recorded two shots in each of the 10-minute overtime periods, including Arboleda's game winner. Broome finished the game with four saves and picked up his first collegiate victory in goal for the Friars.
Providence entered this year's Ocean State Soccer Classic looking to capture its third-consecutive title as the Friars defeated Brown in a shootout in 2010, before knocking off Rhode Island, 1-0, in overtime last season.
Providence will face Brown, who beat Rhode Island, 1-0, of Friday night, in the championship game of the 2012 Ocean State Soccer Classic at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 3 at the URI Soccer Complex in Kingston, R.I.