Machado's Strike Sends Men's Soccer To BIG EAST Semifinals

    Dom Machado notched the game-winner in the 64th minute.

    Dom Machado notched the game-winner in the 64th minute.

    Nov. 12, 2013

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's soccer team advances to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals after notching a 2-1 win over Creighton on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in a quarterfinal match held in Providence, R.I. Red shirt senior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) tallied four points in the victory on one goal and one assist. With the win, the Friars improve their overall record to 12-4-2 (6-3-0 BIG EAST).

    With a minute remaining in the first half, the Friars gained control of the ball in the midfield. With the half coming to a close, junior Markus Naglestad (Kristiansand, Norway) fed Arboleda a pass that he struck from the top of the 18 yard box. Arboleda's strike beat Creighton's keeper to the far side and reached the back of the net to give the Friars a 1-0 advantage headed into the break (44:50). The strike marked Arboleda's third goal of the season.

    Freshman Dominick Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) notched what proved to be the game-winner in the 64th minute to give the Friars a 2-0 lead. Arboleda placed a through ball to Machado in Creighton's box, which he buried nearside. The finish to the lower right corner marked Machado's third goal on the season.

    Creighton pulled within one goal of Providence, 2-1, in the 87th minute when Eric DeJulio headed in a corner kick taken by teammate Bruno Castro. It was as close as the Bluejays would get, and the Friars held on to their 2-1 lead until the end of regulation.

    Providence posed as an offensive threat throughout the tilt, out shooting Creighton, 25-10. In addition, the Friars held the advantage in corner kicks, 8-3. Red shirt junior Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) played all 90 minutes in goal for the Friars and finished the game with one save. Creighton's Alex Bolowich played the first 45 minutes in goal for the Bluejays and posted one save. Connor Sparrow replaced Bolowich at the start of the second half and recorded five saves.

    The win secures the Friars a spot in the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since 2010. Providence will face top-seeded Georgetown at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.

    -GO FRIARS-