Aug. 23, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's soccer team opens its 2012 regular-season schedule against Northeastern on Friday, August 24. The game will be played at Parsons Field in Boston, Mass. and is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.
The Friars are coming off of a successful 2011 campaign, having finished the year with an 11-8-1 overall record. The team advanced to NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive season and fifth time in the last seven seasons. Providence returns four of its top five scorers from a year ago, including the team's leading scorer sophomore Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.). In 2011, Ugarte tallied 15 points on six goals and three assists and earned BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honors. The squad also returns All-BIG EAST Third Team and NSCAA All-Northeast Region First-Team selection Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.), who recorded 11 points last season on three goals and five assists. Cintron was recently called up to play for the Puerto Rican National Team. On August 15, Cintron scored Puerto Rico's only goal in a 2-1 loss to defending World Cup and European Champion, Spain. It marked Cintron's international debut with the National Team. Junior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) and senior Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.) round out the top returning scoring threats for the Friars. Arboleda and Jecewiz each tallied six points on three goals last season.
The 2012 season marks the start of a new era for the Friars as they take the field under the direction of newly appointed Head Coach Craig Stewart. Stewart, who once assisted the Friars, spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Division II powerhouse Franklin Pierce. Stewart replaced Chaka Daley, who resigned last December to take the head coaching job at the University of Michigan.
The Friars last played Northeastern on August 26, 2011 at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. The Huskies earned a 2-1 victory over the Friars on that day, marking their first win vs. Providence since the 1992 campaign. Andre Ciliotta's goal in the 71st minute of play proved to be the difference maker.
To access live streaming video and live stats of the Providence vs. Northeastern men's soccer match on August 24, please click the links below.
SCOUTING NORTHEASTERN (0-0): Northeastern also opens its 2012 campaign on Friday night. A season ago, the Huskies finished the year with a 10-6-3 overall record, including a 6-4-1 mark in the CAA. Northeastern advanced to the quarterfinals of the CAA Championship before falling to eventual champion Delaware in penalty kicks. The Huskies will be led in 2012 by All-CAA First-Team selection Dante Marini, who recorded a team-best 19 points on seven goals and five assists.
The Huskies are coached by Brian Ainscough, who is entering his eighth season at Northeastern. He has compiled a 136-134-38 overall record as a head coach, including a 51-57-25 mark with the Huskies. - FRIARS -