Sept. 3, 2007
KINGSTON, R.I. -
The Providence College men's soccer team allowed a late first-half goal and an early tally in the second half and was defeated, 2-0, by 22nd-ranked Rhode Island Monday night in Kingston. With the loss, the Friars fell to 1-1-0, while the Rams improved to 1-1-0.
The Friars controlled the early stages of the first half as they created several scoring opportunities. However, URI gained some momentum towards the latter stages of the half and broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 42nd minute. After Providence was unable to clear the ball, Andres Ruiz slipped a pass to Steven Mellen, who fired a shot from 25 yards out that found the lower left corner of the net. The Rams increased their lead to 2-0 just 27 seconds into the second half, when Lukasz Tumicz's volley from 12 yards out bounced off the ground and over the outstretched hands on Providence goalkeeper Timothy Murray (Haverhill, Mass.).
In the 71st minute, PC freshman Alex Redding (Newton, Mass.) had a breakaway and was tripped by a URI defender 20 yards from the goal. As a result of the play, the URI player was sent off, creating an 11-on-10 advantage for the Friars. Providence created numerous chances to score but could not convert. URI goalkeeper Chris Pennock withstood PC's late pressure as he finished with nine saves, including several from point-blank range. The Friars finished with a 18-14 shot advantage, including, 9-3, edge in shots on goal.
The Friars are back in action on Friday, September 7 with a home match against Northeastern, beginning at 3:00 p.m.