Aug 28, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's soccer team opens its 2013 season against Quinnipiac at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30 at Glay Field. The game will be the season opener for both teams. The Friars then hit the road to play Holy Cross at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 in Worcester, Mass.
Series History vs. Quinnipiac
First Meeting: at PC 5, QU 0 (1983)
Last Meeting: PC 2, at QU 1 (2011)
All-Time Series: PC leads, 7-0-0
Friday's game will serve as the Bobcats' season opener as well. Quinnipiac had exhibition matches versus Bryant (L, 3-2) and Southern Connecticut State. Quinnipiac, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), posted a 10-5-3 record in 2012 and went 8-1-1 in league play to finish first in the conference. They return 18 letterwinners for the 2013 season.
Series History vs. Holy Cross
First Meeting: at PC 2, HC 1 (1971)
Last Meeting: at PC 2, HC 1 (2012)
All-Time Series: PC leads, 20-8-4
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders open their season at Hartford on Friday night before welcoming the Friars to the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 for their home opener. Last season, the Crusaders went 5-10-2 overall and 2-3-2 in the Patriot League. Holy Cross returns 17 letterwinners and nine starters, while 11 freshmen have joined the team.
Head Coach Craig Stewart announced on Aug. 21 that red-shirt senior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.), senior Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) and red-shirt junior Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) have been named team captains for the 2013 season.
Arboleda Returns to Lead the Offense
Arboleda was named a 2012 NCAA Division I Men's All-Northeast Region Third Team honoree by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a 2013 Third Team All-BIG EAST selection. He started 15 of Providence's 16 games in 2012 and led the Friars in goals (six), points (13), game-winning goals (two) and shots (39). His two game-winning goals came in overtime. On Aug. 31, he broke a 0-0 tie at Bryant when his header found the back of the net with 53 seconds to play in double overtime. For his efforts, he was named to the 2012 Ocean State Classic All-Tournament Team. He was also named to the 2012-13 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
In three seasons with the Friars, Arboleda has played in 55 games, including 38 starts, and scored 14 goals to go with four assists for 32 points. He was the 14th Friar to earn All-BIG EAST honors (those 14 players have a combined 20 All-BIG EAST honors).
Nine players have joined the Friars for the 2013 season. The group of incoming players includes junior Fabio Machado (Leominster, Mass.), red-shirt freshman Cris Huacon (Kearny, N.J.) and freshmen Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany), Mark Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.), Brian Kennedy (Upland, Calif.), Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.), Nick Sailor (Bloomfield, Conn.), Ben Seguljic (Rye Brook, N.Y.) and Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.).
BIG EAST Soccer
For the 2013 season, the BIG EAST will consist of 10 teams and play a nine-game league schedule in one division with the addition of new members Butler University, Creighton University and Xavier University. The BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship will begin with the opening round on campuses on Nov. 12. Six teams will qualify for the championship. The No. 3 seed will play the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed will play the No. 5 seed in the opening round. The top two seeds will receive byes to the semifinals. The semifinals and championship games will be played on Nov. 15 & 17.
Around the BIG EAST
All 10 BIG EAST teams kick off their 2013 season on Friday. Boasting two of last season's four College Cup participants (Georgetown and Creighton), the league enters the first weekend of play with five teams ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA Top-25 (#3 Georgetown, #6 Creighton, #12 Marquette, RV Xavier and RV St. John's).
Up Next: 2013 Ocean State Classic
The Friars will play in the fourth annual Ocean State Classic, which includes an opening round game at Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Kingston, R.I. The championship and consolation games of the tournament will then be played at Providence College on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Last season, the Friars advanced to the Ocean State Classic championship game for the third consecutive season with a dramatic double overtime win, 1-0, at Bryant. With 53 seconds to play, Arboleda scored on a header off an Anthony Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) cross. That win also marked Broome's first career victory in goal for the Friars and was Head Coach Craig Stewart's first career victory while leading the Friars.
The Friars captured the 2010 and 2011 Ocean State Classic titles before Brown won the 2012 title.
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