Men’s Soccer To Face Holy Cross And Bryant

Sept. 1, 2016


The Providence College men’s soccer team will play two non-conference games over the weekend. The Friars will host the Holy Cross Crusaders on Sept. 2 at 7:00 p.m. on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. On Sept. 4, Providence will face intra-state foe Bryant at 3:00 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I.

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Series History vs. Holy Cross
First Meeting: PC 2, Holy Cross 1 (1971)
Last Meeting: PC 1, at Holy Cross 1 [OT] (2015)
All-Time Series: 22-8-5

Scouting the Crusaders
The Crusaders enter the game at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium with a 1-0 record. Holy Cross defeated Hartford, 2-1, in its season opener. Senior midfielder Matt Villano notched the game-winning-goal and one assist in the game, earning him Patriot League Midfielder of the Week accolades. Junior forward Nicholas Cestaro tallied the game-tying Crusader goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Henry Stutz made three saves in the match and allowed one goal against.

The Friars and Crusaders tied, 1-1, in their last meeting. Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany) recorded the Friars’ lone goal. Ben Seguljic (Rye Brook, N.Y.) recorded two saves and Holy Cross’ keeper Kevin Wright registered five saves. Holy Cross returns Yuji Callahan, a junior forward/midfielder, who scored the game-tying goal for the Crusaders in the last match-up.

Series History vs. Bryant
First Meeting: PC 3, Bryant 1 (1968)
Last Meeting: PC 2, Bryant 1 [OT] (2014)
All-Time Series: 15-3-0

Scouting the Bulldogs
The Bryant Bulldogs played New Hampshire on Aug. 26, falling 3-1. Senior defender Chris McCormick scored the lone Bulldog goal and his first of his career. Junior goalkeeper Nick Stewart played in the season opener, recording three saves and allowing three goals against. Prior to the game against Providence, the Bulldogs will travel to Brown for a non-conference match up.

Providence defeated the Bulldogs in overtime in the season opener for the 2015. The Friars were down one goal until Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) scored in the 88th minute to push the game into overtime and then again in the 91st to win the game.

Scouting the Friars
Providence opens the weekend with a 0-2 overall record after hosting Rhode Island and No. 3 Clemson. The Friars fell to Rhode Island in double overtime, 2-1. The Rams took an early lead but Gressel responded for the Friars after intercepting the ball and going in one-on-one with the Rhode Island keeper. The Rams added the game-winner in the second overtime, claiming victory despite being outshot by the Friars, 18-13. Providence traveled to No. 3 Clemson for a Aug. 28 match up. The Friars were defeated by the Tigers, 2-1. Gressel again collect the Friars’ goal, after taking a shot from midfield. The Tigers outshot the Friars 19-4. Seguljic posted an impressive seven saves and allowed two goals against. Gressel’s performance earned him BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week.

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 host SMU in the R.I. Capital City Classic on Sept. 9 at 7:00 p.m. on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.  

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
-BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Aug. 29)

Dominik Machado
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team



The Last Meeting
Holy Cross12OT
September 4, 2015
Worcester, Mass.
No. 8 Men’s Soccer Ties Holy Cross, 1-1
The No. 8 ranked Providence College men’s soccer team tied Holy Cross, 1-1, in its first away game of the season.

The Last Meeting
Bryant University1  
August 28, 2015
Providence, R.I.



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