Men's Soccer Topped By Marquette in BIG EAST Final, 3-2

Julian Gressel scored his fifth goal of the season in the BIG EAST Championship final.

Nov. 17, 2013

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CHESTER, Pa. -- The fourth-seeded Providence College men's soccer team fell to second-seeded Marquette, 3-2, in the BIG EAST Championship game hosted at PPL Park on Sunday, Nov. 17. The Friars' two-goal effort in the second half gave Providence hope with five minutes remaining in regulation but Marquette held on for the win.

In the ninth minute the Friars nearly jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a strike from Fabio Machado (Santa Catarina, Brazil). Machado collected a pass from Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) and drilled a shot from the left side of the box but the Marquette goalkeeper knocked the shot out of play for a Friar corner.

Marquette then took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute when Sebastian Jansson's header found the back of the net. A shot from Louis Bennett II was helped in by Jansson. The Golden Eagles increased their lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute. Kelmand Islami serviced a cross from the right side that was finished by Nick Parianos.

With just over three minutes remaining in the first half, red shirt sophomore Jeff Kilday (Marshfield, Mass.) headed a corner service from freshman Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany). The hard volley was stopped by a save from the Golden Eagle's back line. The remainder of the half was scoreless and the Golden Eagles carried a two goal advantage into the break.

Despite the two goal deficit at the half, Providence out shot Marquette 6-5, and held the advantage in corners, 3-1.

Marquette tallied their third goal of the match in the 59th minute with a finish from Adam Lysak. The assist on the goal was awarded to Bryan Ciesiulka.



Providence pulled within two, 3-1, in the 67th minute. Junior Phil Towler (Cumbria, England) settled a throw in and dished a feed to sophomore Manny Andrade (Boston, Mass.), who buried a strike to the upper left corner for his third goal on the season.

In the 87th minute Providence notched its second goal of the match. Freshman Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) took a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that was saved by Marquette's goalkeeper. The rebound from Steeves' strike was finished by Gressel to mark his fifth goal of the season. That was as close as the Friars would get, and the Golden Eagles clinched the BIG EAST Title with a final score of 3-2.

Providence outshot Marquette in the match, 16-10 and held the advantage in corners, 9-3.

Red shirt junior, keeper Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) played all 90 minutes in goal for the Friars and finished the game with three saves.

For their performance in the 2013 BIG EAST Championship, Providence's Towler, Andrade and Wilder Arboleda were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Providence holds a record of 12-5-3 on the year and hopes to receive an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Championship Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show will be streamed live at noon on Monday, Nov. 18 by

Tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Adam Lysak, Sr., Marquette 

Tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Axel Sjoberg, So., Marquette 

BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team
Zach Steinberger, So., Butler
David Goldsmith, Fr., Butler
Steve Neumann, Sr., Georgetown
Joey Dillon, Sr., Georgetown
Phil Towler, Jr., Providence
Wilder Arboleda, Sr., Providence
Manny Andrade, So., Providence
Axel Sjoberg, So., Marquette
Charlie Lyon, Jr., Marquette
Louis Bennett II, Fr., Marquette
Adam Lysak, Sr., Marquette

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