Sept. 29, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's soccer team fell to tenth-ranked Marquette, 2-0, to open BIG EAST Blue Division play on Saturday afternoon at Glay Field. The Golden Eagles used second half goals from John Pothast and Axel Sjoberg to improve to 10-0-0 (2-0-0 BIG EAST) on the season, while Providence moves to 2-6-1 (0-2-0 BIG EAST) on the year.
With the score still tied at 0-0, the Friars had several chances to get on the board early in the second half but it was Marquette who found the back of the net first. Alex Sjoberg sent in a free kick from just inside the Friar half that Bryan Ciesiulka flicked to the far post, where John Pothast was waiting to knock in his second goal of the year.
A few minutes after subbing into the game for the Friars, freshman Manny Andrade (Boston, Mass.) came within inches of tying the match when he created space for himself at the top of the Marquette box and ripped a shot that beat the Golden Eagles' diving keeper, Charlie Lyon, but the drive hit off the post.
As the Friars pushed hard for the equalizer, Marquette took advantage on another set piece chance when Paul Dillon sent in a corner kick that Axel Sjoberg headed in at the far post for his fourth goal of the year. The Friars had several more chances down the stretch, but they were not able to solve Lyon, who finished with nine saves on the day to earn his fifth shutout of the season. Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) finished the day with two saves in the Friar goal.
In the fourth minute of play, Broome denied the best scoring chance of the first half for the Golden Eagles when he dove to his left and pushed a Ciesiulka drive just around the post. The Friars cleared the ensuing corner kick to get out of danger.
Providence's best scoring chances in the first half both came from about 20-yards out. First, in the 17th minute, red shirt junior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) found space to get off a shot from outside of the box, but it went just over the cross bar. Then, in the 29th minute, the Friars had a free kick after a foul from the Golden Eagles. Sophomore Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) touched the ball to sophomore Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.), who got the ball over the wall but not quite back down in time to end up on frame.
The Friars continue BIG EAST Blue Division play with a 7:00 p.m. game on Wednesday, Oct. 3 against Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J.
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