Men's Soccer Set To Face Harvard and Northeastern

Fabio Machado

Sept. 11, 2013


The Providence College men’s soccer team continues play this week with a pair of home matches against Harvard at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and against Northeastern at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Last weekend the Friars earned a share of the 2013 Ocean State Soccer Classic title with a 1-1 tie versus 20th-ranked Brown (Sept. 8) and are now 3-0-1 on the year. It is the first time Providence has started a season on a four-game unbeaten streak since 2008.

Live Stats Links
Sept. 12 vs. Harvard
Sept. 14 vs. Northeastern

Series History vs. Harvard
First Meeting: at Harvard 3, PC 2 (1995)
Last Meeting: PC 2, at Harvard 1 (2010)
All-Time Series: Harvard leads, 10-3-0

Scouting Harvard
Harvard opened its season last weekend with home losses to Iona (3-0) and Davidson (2-1). Senior Brett Conrad has played all 180:00 minutes in the Harvard net, posting nine saves, a .643 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average. Freshman Ashi Geberkidane scored the Crimson’s goal against Davidson. Head Coach Pieter Lehrer is in his first season with Harvard.

Series History vs. Northeastern
First Meeting: PC 3, at NU 2 (1984)
Last Meeting: at NU 2, PC 1 (2012 – 2ot)



Scouting Northeastern
The Huskies are 2-1-1 on the season including a season-opening tie with Elon (1-1), a loss to Duke (2-0) and, most recently, back-to-back home wins over Fairfield (5-2) and Fordham (1-0). Terence Carter and Devin Devoy pace the team with two goals apiece. Sophomore Dylan Faber has played all four games in Northeastern’s net, posting a 1.18 goals against average, a .773 save percentage and 17 saves. The Huskies are led by Head Coach Brian Ainscough, who previously served as the Providence College head coach from 1995-99.

Ocean State Soccer Classic Co-Champions
With Brown and Providence playing to a 1-1 tie on Sunday (Sept. 8), the two teams ended the tournament as co-champions after each squad accumulated four points on a win and a tie. Rhode Island placed third with three points, while Bryant finished fourth. The Friars have played for the title in each of the four seasons that the tournament has been contested between Rhode Island’s four NCAA Div. I men’s soccer teams.

Ocean State Soccer Classic Championship Games
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.)
2013: Providence College 1, Brown 1 (Providence, R.I./at Providence College)^
* - Providence won PK’s(5-4)  to take OSSC title
^ - Predetermined matchups used for tournament (no PK’s)

Ocean State Soccer Classic Honorees
With a goal against 20th-ranked Brown and two solid games in the Friar midfield, junior Phil Towler (Cumbria, England) was named Co-Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Ocean State Soccer Classic. The All-Tournament team and Most Outstanding Player awards were selected by the head coaches of the four participating teams. In addition to Towler, junior defender Brandon Adler (Montville, N.J.), freshman midfielder Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) and red-shirt junior Markus Naglestad (Kristiansand, Norway) were also named to the 2013 Ocean State Classic All-Tournament team. It was the second consecutive year Adler earned All-Tournament honors.

Broome To BIG EAST Honor Roll
It was announced by the BIG EAST Conference on Sept. 9 that red-shirt junior goalkeeper Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) was named to the conference’s weekly honor roll. Broome went 1-0-1 in the Ocean State Classic and made five saves against 20th-ranked Brown.

Last Weekend
The Friars defeated Rhode Island (2-1) in their first Ocean State Classic match and then played 20th-ranked Brown to a 1-1 tie to start the season on a four-game unbeaten streak for the first time since 2008 (went 3-0-3). Additionally, with the win over Rhode Island, the Friars started a season with three consecutive wins for the first time since 1993 (4-0-0).

2013 Providence College Award Winners
Wilder Arboleda – BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 2)
Julian Gressel – BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Sept. 2)
Keasel Broome – BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 9)
Phil Towler – Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team & Co-MOP (Sept. 9)
Brandon Adler – Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)
Dominik Machado – Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)
Markus Naglestad  – Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)

Around the BIG EAST
Creighton (3-0-0) and Providence (3-0-1) have each gotten off to unbeaten starts. In the latest polls, the Bluejays are ranked first by the NSCAA and the College Soccer News and second by Soccer America. Several other BIG EAST teams are also in the rankings including St. John’s (#12 NSCAA/#12 SA/#14 CSN), Georgetown (#17 NSCAA/#14 SA/#10 CSN), Marquette (RV NSCAA/#23 CSN), Butler (RV NSCAA/#10 SA) and Providence (RV NSCAA/RV CSN).

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 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.

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). 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).

Captains Named
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.).

Up Next
The Friars play at Boston University at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20.

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