Men’s Soccer To Host Rhode Island In Home Opener

Aug. 25, 2016


The Providence College men’s soccer team kicks off the 2016 season with its first-ever home game on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium against intra-state rival Rhode Island. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. The Friars will then travel to Clemson, S.C. to take on the No. 3 Clemson Tigers at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.

vs. Rhode Island
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The Last Meeting
Rhode Island0
September 7, 2015
Kingston, R.I.
No. 8 Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Rhode Island, 1-0
The No. 8 Providence College men’s soccer team shutout in-state rival Rhode Island, 1-0, on Sept. 7 in Kingston, R.I.

The Last Meeting
September 14, 2014
Providence, R.I.
Men's Soccer Falls In Overtime To Clemson, 2-1
The Providence College men's soccer team was edged by Atlantic Coast Conference foe Clemson, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Ray Treacy Track.


Series History vs. Rhode Island
First Meeting: PC 1, Rhode Island 2 (1968)
Last Meeting: PC 1, at Rhode Island 0 (2015)
All-Time Series: 12-26-4 

Scouting the Rams
Friday’s game will serve as the season opener for the Friars and the Rams. Rhode Island finished with a 10-8-2 overall record and a 6-5-1 non-conference record in 2015. The Rams finished their season in the A-10 semifinals, falling to the Dayton Flyers, 2-1, on Nov. 13. Rhode Island returns its top points leaders and starting goal keeper. Dominik Richter led the Rams in goals (six) and points (14). Emil Jesman Sunde also led in points (14) on five goals and four assists. Nils Leifhelm saw 1766:18 minutes of action in 2015 and posted a .798 save percentage. The last times the Friars and Rams faced, Providence defeated Rhode Island, 1-0. Tiago Mendonca (Faro, Portugal) scored the game-winning goal in the 36th minute. Ben Seguljic (Rye Brook, N.Y.) registered three saves and collected a shutout and Leifhelm tallied six saves in the match.

Series History vs. Clemson
First Meeting: PC 1, Clemson 2 OT (2014)
Last Meeting: PC 1, Clemson 2 OT (2014)
All-Time Series: 0-1-0

Scouting the Tigers
The Clemson Tigers were ranked No. 3 in NSCAA NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer national preseason poll on Aug. 2, receiving two first place votes. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA College Cup Final, falling to National Champion Stanford, 4-0. While Clemson’s top two points leaders graduated, current senior Austen Burnikel tallied 16 points on seven goals and two assists and classmate Iman Mafi registered 16 points on four goals and eight assists. Prior to the game against the Friars, Clemson will travel to play South Carolina on Aug. 26.

Friars in the Preseason
Three Friars received BIG EAST preseason nods for the 2016 season. Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) was named the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection. Julian Gressel (Neustdat an der Aisch, Germany) and Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) were named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. The Friars were selected to finish third in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll and earned two first place votes. Steeves was also named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.

The 2015 Friar Campaign
The Friars finished the 2015 season with an 8-7-3 overall record and 4-4-1 in the BIG EAST. The team reached the BIG EAST semifinal for the third-consecutive season and fourth season under Head Coach Craig Stewart. Five Friars earned All-BIG EAST Honors, including returning senior Gressel being named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team. Providence returns Steeves who was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection. In addition to the All-Tournament Team, Gressel was named to the Second Team All-BIG EAST. Brendan Constantine (Glastonbury, Conn.), Klisman Sousa (Sal, Cape Verde) and Mendonca were all named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.

Providence’s 2016 Team Captains
It was announced on June 2 that Stewart named Gressel, Steeves, Machado, and Nick Sailor (Bloomfield, Conn.) as the captains for the 2016 season.

The Friars’ Newcomers
The Friars have added 13 to the roster. The incoming players include Joao Avila (New Haven, Conn.), Anthony Billeri (Cumberland, R.I.), Alexander DaCosta (Bristol, R.I.), Matthew DePerro (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Daniel Griffin (Wethersfield, Conn.), Braden Kline (Lancaster, Pa.), Christopher Scheuerman (Old Bridge, N.J.), Joao Serrano (Evora, Portugal), Tristan Stowell (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), John Wilkins (Natick, Mass.) and Liam Wilson (Sussex, England). Providence also adds two transfers, Markus Jacobsen (Oslo, Norway) and Brendan Reardon (Nesconset, N.Y.).

Up Next
The Friars will face Holy Cross on Sept. 2 at 7:00 p.m. on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium followed by a match-up at intra-state rival at Bryant 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 4.

2016 Providence College Award Winners
Mac Steeves
-Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
-MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

Julian Gressel
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Dominik Machado
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team





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