Freshman Nick Cianci
Oct. 28, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's soccer team and No. 7/11 Notre Dame played to a 2-2 double overtime tie Sunday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference match at Glay Field. With the tie, the Friars extended their season long unbeaten streak to five matches and moved to 9-5-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the BIG EAST. The Fighting Irish moved to 10-3-4 overall and 7-0-3 in the conference.
Trailing 2-1 with less than eight minutes remaining in the second half, the Friars evened the score when freshman Matt Marcin (Wilmington, Del.) tallied his third goal of the season. Sophomore Toussaint McClure (Atlanta, Ga.) drove a cross from the right wing to Marcin, who headed the ball into the left corner of the net from six yards out at 82:39.
The Friars created the best scoring opportunity in the second overtime. Senior Alex Bury (Shrewsbury, Mass.) collected a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box and fired a shot that was aimed for the top right corner, but UND goalkeeper Chris Cahill made a diving save to his left and tipped the ball over the cross bar with 10 seconds remaining.
Notre Dame struck first in the 27th minute as a Providence foul just past midfield gave the Irish a free kick from 50 yards out. Irish forward Joseph Lapira's driven cross into box was headed into the bottom left corner of the net by junior Matt Besler.
Providence was able to score the equalizer with only 45 seconds remaining in the first half. The Friars possessed the ball down the right wing before it was played to the top of the 18-yard box to sophomore Jonathan Medcalf (Tulsa, Okla.). Medcalf then played the ball to his left to freshman Nick Cianci (West Hartford, Conn.) at the corner of the six-yard box. Cianci turned on his defender and placed a shot into the side-netting just past the outstretched hands of Cahill. It marked Cianci's first collegiate goal. Notre Dame regained the lead in the 65th minute, scoring off another set piece. Lapira drove a corner kick that bounced right to Ryan Miller, who fired a shot from 10 yards out and that found the back of the net.
PC goalkeeper Timothy Murray (Haverhill, Mass.) finished with four saves, while Cahill stopped four shots.
The Friars will close out the regular season on Saturday, November 3 at West Virginia beginning at 7:00 p.m.
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