Sept. 20, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The men’s soccer team opens the BIG EAST portion of its 2012 schedule against South Florida at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 in Tampa, Fla. It will also be the Bulls’ BIG EAST opener.
The Friars last played on Sept. 12 when they came from behind to defeat Holy Cross, 2-1, at Glay Field. With the win, the Friars improved to 2-4-1 on the season. Sophomore defender Brandon Adler (Montville, N.J.) netted the game-winning goal at 82:48 when he headed home a corner kick by junior Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.). With the Friars trailing 1-0 in the second half, senior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) gathered a pass from red shirt junior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) just outside the Holy Cross box, took two touches to his right and fired a shot inside the near post to tie the game at 1-1. With the score tied, Adler rose above the crowd gathered in front of the Crusader goal to place his header just under the cross bar. In net, red shirt senior Byron Regester (Westerville, Ohio) made two saves to earn his first career win with the Friars.
On the season, Arboleda and senior Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.) lead the Friars with two goals and an asisst each for five points. Junior Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.) leads the team with two assists and 10 Friars have notched at least one point on the season. In net, Regester and red shirt sophomore Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) have both played significant time for the Friars and each has a win on the season. Broome’s goals against average stands at 1.26 on the year, while Regester’s is 1.72.
Last season, the Friars went 5-3-1 in BIG EAST play and advanced to the BIG EAST tournament as the No. 5 seed . The Friars have made it to the BIG EAST quarterfinals in three of the last four seasons, including a run to the BIG EAST Championship match in 2010. Providence College has also advanced to the NCAA Championship in five of the last seven seasons and has put together a string of seven consecutive winnings seasons.
The Friars and Bulls have met on four occasions, with the Bulls holding a 2-0-2 advantage, with three of the four matches between the two schools reaching overtime. In the first ever meeting in 2003, South Florida won in overtime, 1-0. The teams next met in 2005 in the second round of the BIG EAST tournament in a game that ended in a 0-0 double overtime tie - with USF advancing on penalty kicks, 3-2. In 2007, South Florida played host to the Friars in regular-season match and won, 3-1. Last year, also at USF, the Friars and Bulls played to a 1-1 double overtime tie.
The Bulls enter the weekend ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA poll (Sept. 18) and No. 16 in the Top Drawer Soccer Top-48 (Sept. 17-23). USF, which is 4-2-1 on the season, played in the Akron Tournament last weekend and tied Butler, 2-2, and lost to the host Zips, 5-0. Leston Paul leads the Bulls with six points on the season, including a goal and four assists. With two goals each, Roberto Alterio and Ben Sweat lead USF in scoring. In net, Eric Osswald has played every minute for the Bulls, posting a 4-2-1 record while allowing 11 goals and making 12 saves.
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