Men's Soccer To Host Sacred Heart On Saturday

David Datilus

Sept. 9, 2011

The Providence College men's soccer team will seek its fourth consecutive win when it hosts Sacred Heart University on Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. at PC's Glay Field.

The Friars (3-1), who are currently ranked No. 24 in the College Soccer News national poll, posted a 1-0 overtime victory at the University of Rhode Island on Monday, September 5 to capture their second consecutive Ocean State Soccer Classic. Red-shirt sophomore Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored 2:37 into overtime off an assist from sophomore Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.) as the Friars won their first game at URI since 1997. Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) recorded two saves to earn his second consecutive shutout. Arboleda, seniors David Datilus (Linden, N.J.) and Daniel Fabian (Southbury, Conn.) were named to the all-tournament team. Arboleda also was tabbed as tournament MVP.

Arboleda leads the Friars in scoring with two goals, while sophomore Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y.), seniors Giuseppe Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) and John Raley (St. Inigoes, Md.) have one goal each. Freshman Jimmy Petruccelli (Brentwood, N.H.) leads the team with two assists. Obando, who was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors, has a 0.74 goals against average. He has not yielded a goal in 249:01.

Sacred Heart (2-1) defeated Holy Cross, 1-0, on Tuesday, September 6 in Worcester, Mass. Marcello Castro's goal in the 13th minute held up as the Pioneers posted their second win of the season. Sacred Heart opened the season with a 2-0 home win over Saint Peter's on September 1, before suffering a 2-1 road loss at Columbia on September 4. The Pioneers are in the midst of a four-game road trip, which will come to an end on September 15 when they play Stony Brook.



Justin Brewer and Brian Francolini lead the team with three points each on one goal and one assist. In goal, Alex Fait has played in all three matches and has a 0.66 goals against average and a .882 save percentage.

Last season, Providence defeated Sacred Heart, 3-1, at Glay Field as Aboleda scored his first two collegiate goals. The Friars are 12-0-1 all-time against Sacred Heart, including six consecutive wins.

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