Oct. 13, 2007
Providence, R.I. -
The Providence College men's soccer team defeated Marqutte, 2-0, Saturday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference match at Glay Field. With the shutout, the Friars have given up only four goals in their seven home matches of the season. With the victory, Providence improves to 6-5-1 and 3-3-1 in the BIG EAST while Marquette falls to 2-9-1 overall and 1-6 in conference play.
Providence was able to possess the ball through the majority of the first half, creating several chances in the early stages of the match. The best opportunity of the first half came in the eighth minute when Providence freshman midfielder Matt Marcin (Wilmington, Del.) sent a long through-ball splitting the center backs. Senior Ryan Maduro (Bristol, R.I.) was able to outrun the defenders but his shot from just inside the box was denied by the charging Marquette goalie, Matt Pyzdrowski.
Their best chance of the first half came off a long throw in from the right side that was headed just over the bar by Marquette defenseman Duncan Silvert-Noftle. At the end of one half, Providence held a 4-0 advantage in corners and a 6-2 edge in total shots, but the score remained tied at 0-0.
The Friars came out in the second half and continued the dominant possession they had in the previous 45 minutes and nearly opened the scoring in the 47th minute as midfielder Michael Pereira (London, Ontario) placed a driving ball to a streaking Michael Narciso (L:ivingston, N.J.) who's left footed shot at the top of the box went just wide.
Marquette was able to mount an offensive attack in the 55th minute when 6'5" midfielder Stefan Antonijevic was able to head a punt over the Providence defenders into the path of teamate Tom Lynn but Friar goalie Tim Murray (Haverhill, Mass.) was able to streak forward and force the Marquette forward to fire his shot over the cross bar.
Providence finally opened the scoring in the 64th minute off of a throw from the right sideline. Maduro flicked the Toussaint McClure
(Atlanta, Ga.) throw off the defender and was able to collect the bouncing ball and fire a right footed shot into the back of the net from the right corner of the six yard box. The goal was Maduro's fifth of the season and marks the fourth time that he has produced the game-winner for the Friars.
As the second half continued, explosive freshman Alex Redding (Newton, Mass.) was able to use his speed and apply constant pressure on the Marquette defenders. In the 70th minute, Redding was able to collect a through ball from classmate Michael Pereira. However, the ensuing breakaway was thwarted by a chasing defender. The constant attack finally prodcued results in the 78th minute when Redding collected the ball on the right side of the box and beat his defender before he fired a shot just under the crossbar for his first goal in a Providence College uniform.
The Friars are in action next when they travel to Boston College on Tuesday, October 16 for a 7:00 p.m. game.