Men’s Soccer To Play In RI Capital City Tournament

Sept. 8, 2016


The Providence College men’s soccer team will host two games at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in the RI Capital City Classic. The Friars will play the SMU Mustangs on Sept. 9 at 7:00 p.m. and the Georgia State Panthers on Sept. 11 at 1:00 p.m.

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Scouting the Mustangs
The match between the Friars and the Mustangs will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. SMU enters the match with a 2-2 record and most recently fell to American University, 3-1. The Mustangs are led by Brenden Lee, who has tallied six points on three goals. Lee recorded a hat trick over Incarnate Word on Aug. 29 and was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Mauro Cichero ranks second among his teammates in goals and points, with two goals and four points. Michael Nelson has played 360:00 minutes for the Mustangs, posting a 1.50 goals against average and .714 save percentage. Nelson has made 15 saves in four games.

Scouting the Panthers
The meeting between the Friars and the Panthers will be the first-ever meeting for the two teams. The Panthers open the weekend with a 2-1 record and play at Brown on Sept. 9 before facing the Friars. Prior to the Tournament, Georgia State defeated Central Arkansas, 3-1. Hannes Burmeister leads Georgia State, with 12 points on six goals. Burmeister has recorded two hat tricks in consecutive games (Aug. 28 and Sept. 2).  Burmeister’s six goals has earned him back-to-back Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Yannic Horn has played 270:00 minutes in three games. Horn has allowed three goals against, posted a 1.00 goals against average, and .769 save percentage. Horn’s efforts in net earned him Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 6.

Scouting the Friars
Providence enters the RI Capital City Classic with a 2-2 record, after winning its last two matches. The Friars defeated Holy Cross on Sept. 2, 2-1 and Bryant on Sept. 4, 1-0. Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany) continued his offensive command with one goal and one assist in the two games. Two Friar newcomers tallied their first collegiate goals over the weekend. Freshman midfielder Braden Kline (Lancaster, Pa.) scored the go-ahead goal against Holy Cross one minute after subbing into the game. Danny Griffin (Wethersfield, Conn.) notched his first collegiate goal against Bryant, chipping in the game-winner off of a feed from senior captain Gressel.

Red shirt sophomore Colin Miller (Bel Air, Md.) made his first appearance in the starting line-up on Sept. 4 at Bryant. Miller notched five saves, earned his first collegiate win and his first collegiate shut out.

Gressel’s efforts guided the Friars back to an even record and earned him a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 6).

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 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.

Up Next
The Friars will open BIG EAST play with a home match against Georgetown on Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.   


2016 Providence College Award Winners

Julian Gressel
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
-BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Aug. 29)
-BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 6)

Dominik Machado
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Mac Steeves
-Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
-Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
-MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List 




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