Sept. 1, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The men's soccer team will play Brown in the championship game of the 2012 Ocean State Soccer Classic at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3 at the University of Rhode Island's Soccer Complex. Rhode Island will then play host to Bryant in a 7:30 p.m. consolation match.
The Friars advanced to the championship game for the third consecutive season with a dramatic double overtime win, 1-0, at Bryant on Friday afternoon. With 53 seconds to play, Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored on a header off an Anthony Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) cross. Scored at 109:07, it was the latest game-winning goal for the Friars in almost 12 years. In 2000, Todd Stigliano gave the Friars a 2-1 home win over West Virginia when he converted a Jonathan Rhode pass, also at the 109:07 mark.
With the win over Bryant, redshirt sophomore Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) notched his first career victory in goal for the Friars, recording the shutout by making four saves. It was also Providence head coach Craig Stewart's first career victory while leading the Friars.
Providence enters Monday's game with a 1-2-0 record on the year, having dropped its season-opener to Northeastern, 2-1, in double-overtime on August 24 and then suffering a loss at Monmouth, 3-1, on August 27. The Friars have started the year with two overtime contests in its first three games for the first time since 1999.
Providence entered this year's Ocean State Soccer Classic looking to capture its third-consecutive title as the Friars defeated Brown in a shootout in the 2010 championship game and knocked-off Rhode Island, 1-0, in overtime in last season title contest - also on a Arboleda overtime strike. Arboleda's history of coming through in the clutch during the OSSC extends back to 2010, when he scored the decisive penalty kick that led the Friars to their first title.
Arboleda, junior Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) and senior Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.) have scored the three Providence goals on the young season.
The Friars are coming off of a successful 2011 campaign, having finished the year with an 11-8-1 overall record and 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 in sophomore Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.), who tallied 15 points on six goals and three assists as a freshman.
The Friars and Bears last met on September 2, 2011 in Providence, R.I. in an Ocean State Soccer Classic first round game, which the Friars won, 1-0, on a Greg Davis goal scored in the 69th minute. It was Providence's first win over Brown since 2006.
BROWN (1-0): The Bears enter Monday's game with a 1-0 record, having earned a home win over Rhode Island, 1-0, on Friday night in the opening round of the Ocean State Soccer Classic. Senior midfielder Thomas McNamara converted a penalty kick in the 23rd minute to lead the Bears to the win at Stevenson Field. Senior goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss recorded the win for Brown while making three saves.
The reigning co-champions of the Ivy League, Brown is coming off a season in which they advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season. The Bears enter Monday's contest ranked 24th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's National Poll (Aug. 28, 2012) and ranked 38th in the Top Drawer Soccer Men's Top-48 (Aug. 27 - Sept. 2).
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