Men’s Soccer Faces Familiar Rhode Island Foes

Sept. 1, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

The Providence College men’s soccer team takes on the University of Rhode Island and the Bryant Bulldogs this weekend. The Friars play at URI on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7:00 p.m. and return home for the 2017 home opener on Monday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m. on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.

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Series History vs. Rhode Island
First Meeting: Rhode Island 2, PC-1 (1968)
Last Meeting: Rhode Island 2, PC 1- 2OT (2016)
All-Time Series: 11-29-4

Scouting the Rams
Rhode Island enters Saturday’s contest at 1-1. In their home opener, the Rams defeated Boston University, 3-0. Sophomores Peder Kristiansen and Stavros Zarokostas each recorded a goal and an assist in the win. They lead URI in scoring with three points apiece. Junior transfer Chae Brangman scored the other Rams’ goal, just 4:27 into the match with the Terriers. In their first away contest, the Rams were blanked, 4-0, by Albany. Albany tallied three second-half goals en route to the shutout victory. Senior goalkeeper, Nils Leifhelm has played all 180 minutes in net for URI. He holds a 2.00 goals against average, a .600 save percentage and one shutout entering the upcoming weekend.

Series History vs. Bryant
First Meeting: PC- 3, Bryant-1
Last Meeting: PC-1, Bryant- 0
All-Time Series: 16-3-0

Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant currently holds an 0-2 record on the young season. The Bulldogs also take on Brown University this afternoon (Sept. 1) at 4:00 p.m. before facing the Friars on Monday. Bryant’s two losses came on the road at UMBC (1-0) and Delaware (2-0). Senior goalkeeper Nick Stewart has played both games, recording a 1.50 goals against average and a .700 save percentage thus far. The Bulldogs are still in search of their first goal on the season. Last year, Nathaniel Brown led the team’s scoring efforts with three goals and an assist for seven points. He has yet to record a shot on goal this season. Senior Alexander Wrona leads the team in shots on goal with five.

Scouting the Friars
The Friars opened up the 2017 campaign in North Carolina. Providence fell to No. 4 North Carolina, 4-2, and then to No. 4 Wake Forest, 4-1, on opening weekend. The Tar Heels jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Friars rallied to tie the game. Junior Brendan Constantine (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored his third career goal off a rebound in the box. Classmate Alex Vigliotti (Branford, Conn.) picked up the assist on the play. Six minutes later, Joao Serrano (Evora, Portugal) tied the game at two with a beautiful free kick from just outside the box. The Tar Heels were able to capitalize twice in the second half, including once from the penalty spot, to earn the victory. Against Wake Forest, the Friars found themselves down 3-0 early in the second half. A minute later, sophomore defender Liam Wilson (Sussex, England) was able to put away a loose ball in the box. The goal resulted from Serrano’s corner kick and gave him his team-leading third point of the season. Redshirt senior Ben Seguljic (Rye Brook, N.Y.) started in net against North Carolina and made two saves. Redshirt freshman Tony Billeri (Cumberland, R.I.) earned the start against Wake Forest and recorded four saves.

Serrano Starts Strong
Joao Serrano picked up three points for the Friars on opening weekend. With a goal and assist, he leads Providence offensively on the young season. For his efforts, Serrano was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (8/28). The three points by the redshirt sophomore are already more than he picked up in the 2016 season.

Providence’s 2016 Team Captains
It was announced on January 30 that Stewart named redshirt seniors Mark Jecewiz, Dominik Machado and Mac Steeves, as the captains for the 2017 season.

The Friars’ Newcomers
The Friars have added five freshman to the roster. Ben Agnew (Alpharetta, Ga.), Malcolm Duncan (Toronto, Ontario), Simon Fisher (Brookline, Mass.), Garrett King (Scarborough, Maine) and Ben Ludwick (Boxborough, Mass.) join the 23 returning players. Duncan was the only freshman to see playing time in the Friars’ opening weekend. He started against both North Carolina and Wake Forest, totaling 170 minutes in his first appearances.

Up Next
The Friars play their next two contests at home. Providence welcomes Harvard to Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium on Sept. 9 for a 7:00 p.m. kick-off. On Sept. 16, DePaul comes to town for the first BIG EAST matchup of 2017. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

2017 Providence College Award Winners
Joao Serrano
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll: 8/28/17

Danny Griffin
- New England Soccer Journal Top-10 Players List (Ranked sixth- 8/22/17)

Mac Steeves
-Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Mark Jecewiz
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

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