Sept. 28, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Senior All-American Ryan Maduro (Bristol, R.I.) scored twice and added one assist to lift the Providence College men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Syracuse Friday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference match at Glay Field. With the win, the Friars improved to 5-3-0, including a 2-1-0 mark in conference play. The Orange fell to 4-2-3 and 1-2-0 in league action.
The Friars wasted little time to open the scoring as sophomore Jonathan Medcalf (Tulsa, Okla.) struck in the seventh minute for his team-leading fifth goal of the season. Sophomore Toussaint McClure (Atlanta, Ga.) lofted a pass from midfield to Maduro, who played a chested pass to freshman Michael Pereira (Toronto, Ontario). Pereira then returned the pass back to Maduro, who flicked a through pass to Medcalf and the 6-foot-1 inch striker fired a shot into the top right corner to give the Friars the early lead.
The Friars carried the play in the first half as they held the Orange without a shot. In the 13th minute, Maduro was able to get on the end of a Michael Narciso (Livingston, N.J.) cross to the far post, but his volley attempt was denied by Syracuse goalkeeper Robert Cavicchia. Providence struck again just before the halftime whistle when Maduro combined with freshman Nick Cianci (West Hartford, Conn.) to give the Friars a 2-0 advantage. The Friars benefitted from their counterattack as Maduro gained control the ball at midfield and played to the left flank to Cianci. Cianci streaked down the left flank before crossing the ball to Maduro, who fired high a one-timer past Cavicchia with 25 seconds left in the half.
The Orange got the better of the play early on in the second half and were rewarded in 60th minute as Hansen Woodruff scored his BIG EAST leading seventh goal of the season. Tom Perevegyencev gained control of the ball down the right side, before driving a cross to Hansen, whose powerful header found the back of the net. In the 63rd minute, Perevegyencev had a partial breakaway when he was able to beat a PC defender down the right side, but his shot to the near side was by PC goalie Timothy Murray
Maduro and Cianci combined again in the 69th minute to help Providence regain its two-goal cushion. Cianci gained possession of the ball down the left side and played a pass in the middle to Maduro. Maduro maneuvered with the ball to his right at the top of the 18-yard box, before firing a low shot to the lower left corner of the net. It marked second time in his career that Maduro scored two goals in one match. The only other time that Maduro scored twice in a game was on September 23, 2005 in a 3-2 home win over Syracuse. Cianci recorded his first career assists.
The Friars are back in action on Sunday, September 30 when they host perennial BIG EAST power St. John's at 3:00 p.m. at Glay Field.