Sept. 30, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's soccer team and St. John's played to a 0-0 double overtime tie Sunday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference match at Glay Field. It marked Providence's first regular season 0-0 draw since September 25, 2005 in a home match versus St. John's.
The Red Storm controlled the play early on and nearly opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when David Reed played a low cross from the left side to Michael Mingione who poked the ball with his right foot, but Providence junior goalkeeper Timothy Murray (Haverhill, Mass.) made a diving save to his left.
The Friars created their best chance in the 45th minute when senior All-American Ryan Maduro (Bristol, R.I.) played a through ball to sophomore Benjamin Wexler (Minnetonka, Minn.). Wexler controlled the ball at the left corner of the box, beat his defender before firing a right footed shot that St. John's goalkeeper Jason Landers was able to deflect over the cross just as the time expired. Wexler's shot was the lone shot on goal for the Friars in the first half.
The second half proved to be a different story as the Friars carried the play and outshot the Red Storm, 8-3. In the 64th minute sophomore Justin Kahle (Oceanport, N.J.) played a corner kick and the ball found its way to freshman Nick Cianci (West Hartford, Conn.) who fired a shot from 10 yards out that was blocked by a defender. The rebound came out to senior Alex Bury (Shrewbury, Mass.) who ripped another shot but it was also blocked.
In the second overtime, both teams had a chance to end the game. In the 103rd minute, Maduro played a through ball to sophomore Jonathan Medcalf (Tulsa, Okla.) who fired a shot that was aimed at the left corner, but Landers was there to make the diving save. St. John's bounced back in the 109th minute as Nelson Becerra had a shot from eigh yards out, but Murray deflected the ball out for a corner kick.
Murray finished with five saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season, while Landers stopped two shots to record his second shutout. Providence jumped into third place of the BIG EAST Conference Blue Division with a 2-1-1 league mark and a 5-3-1 overall record. St. John's is in a tie for second place in the Red Division with a 2-1-1 conference record and a 4-4-2 overall mark.
The Friars are back in action on Saturday, October 6 with when they face Georgetown at 1:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
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