Nov. 15, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The 2013 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship Semifinal round was hosted on Friday, Nov. 15 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa. Fourth-seeded Providence tied first-seeded #7/8 Georgetown, 0-0. The game was decided by penalty kicks. Red shirt junior Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) served as the game-changer in the match notching the save that clinched the Friars victory.
After a back-and-forth fast paced first half, the Friars and Hoyas entered the break even at 0-0. Providence outshot Georgetown, 5-4, landing three of its shots on goal. The Friars' backline prevented Georgetown from landing any of its shots on frame. In the 57th minute Georgetown's Steve Neumann ripped a shot from just above the six yard box that Broome saved to keep the game even at 0-0.
Providence nearly took a 1-0 lead in the 82nd minute when freshman Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany) gained possession of the ball in the midfield. Gressel fed freshman Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) a through ball that he serviced across the box to junior Markus Naglestad (Kristiansand, Norway). A strong header from Naglestad was stopped by Georgetown's keeper. Neither Providence nor Georgetown was able to find the back of the net and regulation expired. After scoreless 90 minutes of play, the night cap was sent to overtime.
In the 94th minute Broome tallied a save to keep the Friars alive. He punched a Georgetown strike just over the crossbar with his right hand. On the other end, Naglestad's strike from the top of the 18 in the 96th minute sailed just wide of the Hoya's goal. The pressure was high in both offensive thirds, but at the end of the first overtime, the score remained 0-0.
Providence paced the tempo of the second overtime period. The Friars generated four shots and moved the ball well in transition. The final strokes of the clock expired and the BIG EAST Semifinal match was sent to be decided from the penalty spot.
Broome and Tomas Gomez protected the nets for Providence and Georgetown, respectively. Freshman Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) was first to shoot for the Friars. Steeves buried his strike to the lower left corner past Gomez. Steve Neumann was first up for Georegtown and placed his strike in the same spot as Steeves to even the PK's at 1-1. Gressel was next to shoot for the Friars and placed a strike chest high to the right side to make the Friars 2-for-2 from the penalty spot. Alex Muyl was second to shoot for the Hoyas and launched his strike over the net, the Friars took a 2-1 lead. Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) was next up for the Friars and his strike to the lower left corner was stopped by Gomez. Brandon Allen evened the PK's at 2-2 with a strike to the upper left corner. Naglestad was next to the penalty spot for Providence and buried his strike to the right corner (3-2). Gabe Padilla landed his strike to the lower right corner to even the PK round at 3-3. Fifth for Providence was Wilder Arboleda who buried his strike to the upper right corner. Fifth for Georgetown was Ted Helfrich whose strike found the back of the net. Thomas Ballenthin stepped up as the sixth shooter for the Friars, he finished his shot to the left side. Georgetown's Joshua Yaro stepped up to the penalty spot as the Hoya's sixth shooter. His strike to the left side was saved by Broome to give the Friars the victory.
Providence returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 17 when the Friars will face the winner of the Marquette and Butler semifinal match-up in the BIG EAST Championship game at 12:30 p.m. at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa. The game will be aired live on FOX Sports 2.