Oct. 12, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The Providence College men's soccer team rallied from two-goal deficit, but fell short at No. 1 Connecticut, 2-1, Wednesday afternoon in a BIG EAST match at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn.
Trailing, 2-0, with under18 minutes remaining, freshman Jimmy Petruccelli (Brentwood, N.H.) scored his first collegiate goal to cut the lead to 2-1. The Friars nearly scored the equalizer with 25 seconds left. Petruccelli played a cross from the right flank and over UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake who had come off his line. PC junior Marc Cintron(Piscataway, N.J.), who was at the back post, leaped and headed the ball towards the empty net, but UConn's Andrew Jean-Baptiste made a sprawling save with his right foot off the goal line and secure the win for the Huskies.
With the win, UConn improved to 12-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the BIG EAST. PC is now 6-5-1 and 1-2-1 in the league.
The Friars carried the play early in the first half as senior Daniel Fabian (Southbury, Conn.) and red-shirt sophomore Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) each had a shot on goal, but Blake made the save on both attempts. However, the Huskies struck first in the 25th minute after a turnover at midfield. Carlos Alvarez played a through ball to Mamadou Doudou Diouf who broke through on a breakaway. Diouf got past PC senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando(Kissimmee, Fla.) before tucking the ball into the left corner.
Early in the second half, the Friars had a corner kick and freshman Brandon Adler(Montville, N.J.) was able to get on the end of an overhead kick on goal, but Blake made the stop. Diouf increased UConn's lead to 2-0 in the 53rd minute when he ripped a shot from 25 yards out into the top right corner.
Petruccelli pulled the Friars to within 2-1 in the 73rd minute. Senior David Datilus(Linden, N.J.) played the ball down the right side of the box to Petruccelli who fired a shot from 10 yards out that glanced off Blake and into the net. PC's goal ended UConn's school record of nine consecutive games without conceding a goal, a span of 961:32. Shortly thereafter, the Huskies nearly regained their two-goal edge when Allando Mattheson had a shot from eight yards out, but Obando made a diving save. The rebound came to Juho Karppinen who had an open net from in close, but Obando made another diving stop to his right. Obando finished with seven saves, while Blake had four stops.
The Friars are back in action on Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. when they host Seton Hall at Glay Field.
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