Aug. 30, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's soccer team will travel to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryant University in first-round action of the Ocean State Soccer Classic. Brown University will play the University of Rhode Island on Friday in Providence in the other match-up of this year's classic. Both the championship and consolation games will be played on Monday, September 3 in Kingston, R.I.
The Friars are coming off of a successful 2011 campaign, having finished the year with an 11-8-1 overall record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive season. Providence returns four of its top five scorers from a year ago, including the team's leading scorer sophomore Marcos Ugarte who tallied 15 points on six goals and three assists.
Providence enters Friday's game against Bryant with an 0-2 record. The Friars dropped their season-opener to Northeastern, 2-1, in double-overtime on August 24. The squad suffered its second loss at Monmouth, 3-1, on August 27. After taking a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute on an Anthony Baumann penalty kick, the Hawks went on to score three second-half goals in the span of six minutes to put the game out of reach.
The Friars and Bulldogs last met on October 15, 2008 in Providence, R.I. Providence earned a 2-0 victory on that day.
For links to streaming video and live stats for Friday's game, please visit Bryant's athletic web site at www.BryantBulldogs.com.
BRYANT (0-1): The Bryant University men's soccer enters Friday's game with the Friars with an 0-1 record. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 loss to Florida International on Friday, August 24. Bryant's match scheduled for Sunday, August 26 against Florida Atlantic was canceled due to severe weather.
The Bulldogs started five freshmen in the season opener against FIU, including goalkeeper Chris Knaub (Yarmouth, Maine) who had one save in his first collegiate appearance.
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