Sept. 9, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's soccer team was defeated, 2-1, by 13th-ranked Harvard, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at Glay Field. Harvard forward Michael Fucito scored both goals, including the winner in the 87th minute to seal the win. The Friars fell to 2-2-0, while the Crimson improved to 3-0-0.
After 74 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Crimson struck first in the 75th minute. Fucito took a pass from Alex Chi and fired a low left-footed shot into the right corner of the net. The Friars responded in the 77th minute off a set piece. Sophomore Justin Kahle (Oceanport, N.J.) played the ball to classmate Jonathan Medcalf (Tulsa, Okla.), who headed in his team-leading third goal of the season. The Friars had the momentum and nearly went ahead in the 84th minute when senior Hadrien Toure (Lyon, France) played a through ball to classmate Ryan Maduro (Bristol, R.I.), but Maduro's shot from 15 yards out was pushed aside by Harvard goalkeeper Adam Hahn. Just under three minutes later, Fucito struck the winner when he took a pass from sophomore Andre Akpan and eluded two defenders before firing a shot that found the upper right corner of the net.
The Friars, who outshot the Crimson, 16-6, created numerous chances to score. In the ninth minute, Toure slipped a through ball to freshman Matt Marcin (Wilmington, Del.), who poked the ball just wide of the left corner of the net. Early in the second half, Maduro was able to get on the end of a cross from Kahle, but his shot from five yards out glanced off the inside of the right post and out in the 56th minute. Five minutes later, Maduro ripped a shot from 25 yards out that was saved Hahn and the rebound came out to Marcin, who fired a shot wide. Hahn was caught out of his net in the 82nd minute after a Harvard turnover, but senior Michael Narciso's shot from a tough angle sailed high. Hahn thwarted PC's last chance at goal in the 90th minute when he made a diving save on Marcin shot from 25 yards out.
The Friars are back in action on Saturday, September 15 when they host Holy Cross in a non-conference match.