Sep 4, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s soccer team will play Rhode Island and Brown in the 2013 Ocean State Soccer Classic this weekend. On Friday, Sept. 6 the Friars will play a 7:00 p.m. game at Rhode Island. Then on Sunday, Sept. 8, Providence welcomes cross-town rival Brown to Glay field for a 4:00 p.m. game.
Series History vs. Rhode Island
First Meeting: URI 2, at PC 1 (1968)
Last Meeting: PC 1, at URI 0 (2011 – ot – Ocean State Classic final at URI)
All-Time Series: URI leads, 26-10-4
Scouting Rhode Island
Rhode Island opened the season with a 3-0 loss at BIG EAST foe Seton Hall on Aug. 30. Thomas Spenser got the start in the URI net and made six saves in 90:00 minutes. Rhode Island returns eight players who registered at least one point last season, including juniors Mike Casey (5G/3A) and Matt Sykes (4G/4A) who finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Series History vs. Brown
First Meeting: at Brown 4, PC 0 (1974)
Last Meeting: Brown 1, PC 0 (2012 – Ocean State Classic final at URI)
All-Time Series: Brown leads, 15-7-7
Brown, ranked 20th in the NSCAA poll and 27th by the College Soccer News, will open its season on Friday night at home against Bryant. Last year, the Bears advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The Bears made it to the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament and finished the year with a 13-3-3 record.
Ocean State Soccer Classic History
It will be the fourth consecutive year that Rhode Island’s four NCAA Div. I men’s soccer teams have played in the Ocean State Soccer Classic. Last season, the Friars advanced to the Ocean State Classic championship game for the third consecutive season with a dramatic double overtime win, 1-0, at Bryant. With 53 seconds to play, Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored on a header off an Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) cross. That win marked Keasel Broome’s (Claymont, Del.) first career victory in goal for the Friars and was Head Coach Craig Stewart's first career victory while leading the Friars.
Ocean State Soccer Classic Champions
2010: Providence College 1, Brown 1 (Providence, R.I./at Brown)*
2011: Providence College 1, Rhode Island 0 (Kingston, R.I./ot)
2012: Brown 1, Providence College 0 (Kingston, R.I.)
* - Providence won PK’s(5-4) to take OSSC title
2013 Ocean State Soccer Classic Format
Due to construction on the Providence College campus, the format for the 2013 OSSC has been changed to a series of predetermined games. On Friday, Sept. 6, first round games will include Rhode Island hosting Providence College (7:00 p.m.) and Brown hosting Bryant (7:00 p.m.). Then on Sunday, Sept. 8, Providence College will host Brown (4:00 p.m.) and Rhode Island will host Bryant (7:00 p.m.).
The 2013 Ocean State Soccer Classic championship will be awarded based on points accumulated throughout the weekend. Teams will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a tie. Head-to-head results will serve as the tie breaker. If head-to-head results do not resolve the tie, co-champions will be announced. On Monday, Sept. 9 the 2013 Ocean State Classic All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP will be announced.
The Friars opened the season with a 3-2 home win over Quinnipiac (Aug. 30) and followed up with a 2-1 road win at Holy Cross (Sept. 1). Arboleda scored a goal in each win, including the game winner at Holy Cross. It marks the first time since 2009 that Providence opened a season with back-to-back wins. The last time the Friars started the season with three straight wins was 1993.
Rookie of the Week
Freshman midfielder Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany) was named the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week it was announced by the conference on Monday (Sept. 2). Gressel notched two goals and added an assist to lead the Friars to a pair of wins to start the 2013 season. In Friday’s win over Quinnipiac, Gressel netted two goals in his Friar debut, including what proved to be the game-winning tally. Then in Providence’s 2-1 come-from-behind win at Holy Cross, Gressel setup the Friars’ first goal for his first collegiate assist.
Red-shirt junior forward Markus Naglestad (Kristiansand, Norway) came off the bench midway through the first half of Sunday night’s game at Holy Cross and helped turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage for the Friars. At 33:55 Naglestad knocked home his first goal as a Friar and then at 36:52 he registered his first assist for the team as he setup Arboleda for the game winner.
Around the BIG EAST
Providence and Creighton each started the season with 2-0-0 marks. In the polls, Creighton leads the way by being ranked first (College Soccer News) or second (NSCAA and Soccer America). Georgetown (11 NSCAA/12 SA/6 CSN), St. John’s (23 NSCAA/17 SA/17 CSN), Marquette (RV NSCAA/28 CSN) are also in the rankings.
Arboleda Returns to Lead the Offense
Arboleda was named a 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s All-Northeast Region Third Team honoree by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a 2013 Third Team All-BIG EAST selection. He started 15 of Providence’s 16 games in 2012 and led the Friars in goals (six), points (13), game-winning goals (two) and shots (39). His two game-winning goals came in overtime. On Aug. 31, he broke a 0-0 tie at Bryant when his header found the back of the net with 53 seconds to play in double overtime. For his efforts, he was named to the 2012 Ocean State Classic All-Tournament Team. He was also named to the 2012-13 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
In his first three seasons with the Friars, Arboleda played in 55 games, including 38 starts, and scored 14 goals to go with four assists for 32 points. He was the 14th Friar to earn All-BIG EAST honors (those 14 players have a combined 20 All-BIG EAST honors).
Head Coach Craig Stewart announced on Aug. 21 that red-shirt senior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.), senior Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) and red-shirt junior Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) have been named team captains for the 2013 season.
Nine players have joined the Friars for the 2013 season. The group of incoming players includes junior Fabio Machado (Leominster, Mass.), red-shirt freshman Cris Huacon (Kearny, N.J.) and freshmen Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany), Mark Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.), Brian Kennedy (Upland, Calif.), Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.), Nick Sailor (Bloomfield, Conn.), Ben Seguljic (Rye Brook, N.Y.) and Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.).
BIG EAST Soccer
For the 2013 season, the BIG EAST will consist of 10 teams and play a nine-game league schedule in one division with the addition of new members Butler University, Creighton University and Xavier University. The BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship will begin with the opening round on campuses on Nov. 12. Six teams will qualify for the championship. The No. 3 seed will play the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed will play the No. 5 seed in the opening round. The top two seeds will receive byes to the semifinals. The semifinals and championship games will be played on Nov. 15 & 17.
The Friars will play two home games next week as they open up a stretch of three consecutive games against opponents from Boston. Providence will play Harvard at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and then the Friars will take on Northeastern at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.
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