Sept. 20, 2010
The Friars once again showed why Glay Field is such a difficult place for opposing teams to play by beating Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac there during this past week. Providence put in a stellar performance against the Pioneers of Sacred Heart. Wilder Arboleda opened the scoring just five minutes into the game. A great combination between Marc Cintron and Matt Marcin led to the scoring chance. Cintron made a flick to Marcin running through two defenders. Marcin took a touch, drew in the only defender left and made a perfectly weighted and well thought pass to Arboleda running down the left side of the eighteen. Arboleda took his chance well, with a blast into the right corner, and put the Friars up 1-0. Providence controlled much of the first half and looked to be the better side heading into halftime. This was reiterated when early in the second half the Friars took a 2-0 lead. David Datilus placed an exceptional cross on the head of Marc Cintron and Cintron was able to head it past a helpless Sacred Heart goalkeeper. The Friars put in great defensive performance. They allowed just two shots in the first half, neither of which were on net and allowed just six shots for the game. The only slip up they had was when a penalty kick was given in favor of Sacred Heart. The kicker put it home and it was 2-1. The scoreline made things a bit dicey for the rest of the second half. The game was back and forth with each side having their own spells of better play and useful possessions. Any doubt in the result was put to rest when Wilder Arboleda once again got on the scoresheet with just fifty seconds remaining in the game. Jhojan Obando made a save and quickly struck a ball down the left sideline that troubled Sacred Heart's defender. Arboleda saw the flight of the ball well and anticipated a pass back from the defender to the keeper. Arboleda was able to beat the keeper to the errant pass back, pass the ball to himself and around the keeper and then slot the ball into the back of the net to clinch the win.
This past Saturday the Friars took to the field against Quinnipiac. This game was a tale of two halves. The Friars came out a bit slow and were limited in the amount of play they were able to have in the first half. Quinnipiac controlled the tempo in the early minutes and tested the Friars' goalkeeper, Jhojan Obando
. He was up to the task, as he made a few inspiring saves to keep the score level. After halftime, the Friars started strong and took over the game. They came out flying and created a couple of excellent chances in the first twenty minutes of the second half. The Quinnipiac goalkeeper was up for the challenges though, as he stonewalled those chances and kept his team in the game. It was just minutes later when the Friars finally broke the scoreless match. Anthony Baumann
, who had just been subbed onto the field, fired a cross into the box that found the foot of Wilder Arboleda
just as he crossed the penalty spot. With his first touch, Arboleda slotted the ball home and gave the Friars a warranted 1-0 lead. It was a well deserved goal and a well deserved win. The Friars back five were outstanding. The four defenders blocked many shots and were tough throughout the game, especially towards the end, when the team needed it most. Obando was outstanding in net, making sure the Friars kept the shutout.
It was good to see the Friars bring a winning mentality to this week and put in two respectable performances that got them the results they were looking for. It is never easy to be completely confident in a game following a tough loss. The team showed no signs of lingering effects from the earlier defeat and were able to show how absolute belief in themselves as individuals and in each other as teammates can give them opportunities to win games. Providence took those opportunities and got two much-needed wins out of the week. I hope they carry this momentum into Boston on Tuesday, where they will battle Northeastern University.