Sept. 7, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Freshman Matt Marcin's strike in the 74th minute proved to be the difference as the Providence College men's soccer team defeated Northeastern, 1-0, Friday afternoon at Glay Field.
The Friars, who created numerous chances to score, finally broke through when Marcin scored his first collegiate goal. Marcin pounced on a loose ball after a corner kick and fired a low, left-footed shot from 15 yards out that found the lower right corner of the net.
Providence created the first threat of the match in the 16th minute when senior All-American Ryan Maduro (Bristol, R.I.) played a through ball down the left side of the box to classmate Hadrien Toure (Lyon, France) who fired a left-footed shot that was blocked by NU goalkeeper Mahmoud Talaat. Three minutes later sophomore, Toussaint McClure (Atlanta, Ga.) ripped a shot from 35 yards out that Talaat blocked and the rebound bounced to Maduro, who was not able convert.
In the 41st minute, freshman Nick Cianci (West Hartford, Conn.) nearly gave the Friars the lead when he was able to get on the end of a Michael Narciso (Livingston, N.J.) cross, but Talaat once made a sliding save at the back post. The Friars finished the first half with a 9-2 shot advantage, including a 5-1 edge in shots on goal. Providence finished with a 20-7 shot advantage.
The Huskies carried the play early in the second half and nearly scored when Greg Kilkenny unleashed a shot from 25 yards out that was deflected by a defender and just missed wide. On the ensuing corner kick, Kilkenny played the ball across the Friar goalmouth, but there's no there to convert. In the 68th minute, Kilkenny had a partial breakaway after a Friar turnover. He attempted to chip PC goalkeeper Timothy Murray (Haverhill, Mass.), but Murray was able to make the leaping save. Kilkenny was sent on a breakaway in the 72nd minute, but Murray was able to smother his attempt. The Friars took control after that and responded in the 73rd minute when senior Alex Bury (Shrewsbury, Mass.) ripped a volley and glanced off the cross bar and scored the winner less than a minute later.
Providence had a chance to put the game away in the 86th minute when Maduro's pass sent sophomore Benjamin Wexler (Minnetonka, Minn.) on a breakaway. Wexler was able to elude the goalkeeper, but his shot was blocked by a Northeastern defender. NU's last chance came in the 88th minute when Kilkenny had a direct free kick from 25 yards out, but his shot sailed high.
Talaat finished with seven saves for the Huskies, while Murray stopped four shots to earn his first shutout of the season.
Providence is back in action on Sunday, September 9 with a home match against No. 19/21 Harvard at 1:00 p.m.
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