Sept. 3, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's soccer team will travel to Kingston to face the Rhode Island Rams on Monday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the championship match of the second annual Ocean State Soccer Classic at the URI Soccer Complex. Brown and Bryant will play in the consolation game at 5:00 p.m.
The Friars (2-1), who captured the inaugural Ocean State Classic in 2010, defeated 11th-ranked Brown, 1-0, on Friday, September 2 at Glay Field to advance to the championship game for the second consecutive season. Sophomore forward Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y.) scored the winner in the 69th minute, while senior defender David Datilus (Linden, N.J.) assisted on the goal. Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) made five saves as the Friars earned their first win over Brown since 2006.
Davis, red-shirt sophomore Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.), seniors Giuseppe Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) and John Raley (St. Inigoes, Md.) each have one goal on the season for two points. Freshman Jimmy Pertuccelli (Brentwood, N.H.) has two assists to lead the team. Obando has played in every game and has a 1.00 goals against average.
URI (1-2) earned its way to the championship match by virtue of a 1-0 victory at Bryant on September 2. Joey Haught scored the lone goal of the match off a set piece with 59 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Rams to their first win of the season. Jamie Eckmayer assisted on the goal, while goalkeeper Peyton Warwick made seven saves and earned first his shutout of the season. Franco Lo Presti and Haught lead the team in scoring with one goal each for two points. Warwick has played in every minute this season and has a 1.00 goals against average.
Providence is 9-26-4 all-time against Rhode Island. Last season, the Friars rallied for a 2-1 win over the Rams in the semifinals of the Ocean State Classic at Glay Field as Davis scored twice. It marked PC's first win over URI since 2003. The Friars are seeking their first road win over the Rams since 1997, while the Rams are in search of their first triumph over Providence since 2007.