Nov. 21, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Providence College men's soccer team (12-5-4) advances to the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship after defeating Penn in penalty kicks, 3-1, on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Rhodes Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Red shirt junior, netminder Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) tallied two big time saves in PK's to propel the Friars to victory.
In the 10th minute of play Penn took a 1-0 lead. Matt Poplawski sent a through ball to Alec Neumann who finished his strike low to the near post.
Providence evened the game at 1-1 in the 23rd minute when senior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) buried a feed from freshman Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.). Steeves dribbled the ball through the box and dished a pass that Arboleda drilled to the back of the net to mark his fourth goal of the season. The remainder of the half was scoreless and the Friars and Quakers were tied 1-1 at the half.
In the first 45 minutes of play, Providence out shot Penn, 13-6 and held the advantage in corners, 3-0.
The second half of play was scoreless and the tilt was sent into overtime.
With 3:37 left to play in the first overtime period, Gressel took a set piece from about 50 yards out. Steeves settled Gressel's service and placed a strike on frame that was stopped by Penn's keeper. Neither squad was able to find the back of the net and the match headed into the second overtime period.
After 110 minutes of play, and the score even at 1-1, the night cap was sent to be decided from the penalty spot.
Providence generated several scoring opportunities throughout the game and outshot the Quakers, 29-14 and held the advantage in corners, 11-3. In overtime the Friars out shot Penn, 7-1.
Broome played all 110 minutes in goal for the Friars and tallied five saves headed into the round of PK's.
Providence was first to shoot. Steeves placed a strike to the lower left corner that was saved by Penn's keeper. Up first for the Quarkers was Duke Lacroix who finished his strike to the right side (0-1). Second for Providence was Gressel, who finished his strike to the lower left side (1-1). Alec Neumann was next to the penalty spot for Penn and he launched his shot over the frame (1-1). Senior Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) was third to shoot for the Friars and he drilled his strike to the upper right corner (2-1). Stephen Baker was Penn's fourth shooter. Broome made a diving save to the right side to keep the Friars' advantage, 2-1. Junior Markus Naglestad (Kristiansand, Holland) was fourth up for the Friars. His strike beat Penn's keeper to the left side (3-1). Sam Hayward would serve as Penn's final shooter. He placed his shot to the right side and Broome's diving save secured the Friars the victory (PK's, 3-1).
Providence returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 24 when the Friars face Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.