Nov. 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) scored in the 84th minute to break a 1-1 tie as the Providence College men's soccer team upset top seed and No. 25/20 nationally ranked Georgetown, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at North Kehoe Field in Washington, D.C. With the victory, the Friars (11-5-2) advance to the BIG EAST Championship semifinals which will be held on Friday, November 12 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The championship game will be held on Sunday, November 14. Georgetown (11-6-1) will await to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Friars, who will be making their second consecutive trip to the BIG EAST Championship, have now won six consecutive games for the first time since 1984. Overall, it will be Providence's eighth appearance in the semifinals, including three in the last five years under Head Coach Chaka Daley.
"Obviously we are very excited to win and advance to the first ever BIG EAST Championship held are Red Bull Arena," Daley said. "The guys worked very hard against a very good Georgetown team, but we found a way to persevere and move on," Daley added.
With 6:45 remaining in the second half and overtime looming, senior Matt Marcin (Wilmington, Del.) played a through pass to Cintron who used his right foot from 12 yards out to flick the ball over Hoya goalkeeper Matthew Brutto and into the net as the Friars took the lead for good. It marked the second goal of the season for Cintron who also assisted on Providence's first goal.
The Friars took a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute when Cintron played a cross to junior Giuseppe Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) who was able to get on the end of it and score his second goal of the season. The Hoyas responded in the 78th minute on a set piece as Ben Slingerland headed a pass from Steve Neumann.
PC red-shirt junior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) finished with five saves, including several point-blank stops to help the Friars. Obando made a sprawling stop off the head of Jose Colchao in 29th minute. Early on in the second half, Ian Christianson ripped a left-footed volley, but Obando made an acrobatic stop to keep the match scoreless.
The Friars are no strangers to beating top seeds at the BIG EAST Tournament. Last season Providence eliminated No. 1 seed Connecticut and in 2006 they ousted top seed Cincinnati.
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