PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s soccer team hosts Butler University for BIG EAST action on Saturday, Sept. 23. The game is at 7:00 p.m. and will be played on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.
How to Watch
The BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN), the league’s branded channel on FOX Sports Go, is currently available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices and on desktops via the internet at http://www.FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. FOX Sports Go’s authenticated distribution is more than 90 million homes averaging more than three million streams per month. FOX Sports Go is available internationally via the internet by visiting http://www.FOXSportsGo.com (the FOX Sports Go app is not supported internationally).
Welcome Back Alumni
Saturday’s game will serve as Alumni Day for the men’s soccer program. It is also part of a doubleheader with the women’s soccer program. The women play Villanova at 4:00 p.m. and are also hosting their alumni.
Series History vs. Butler
First Meeting: Providence-3, Butler- 2 (2013)
Last Meeting: Providence- 0, Butler- 2 (2016)
All-Time Series: 1-3-1
Scouting the Bulldogs
Butler enters the match with a 5-2-0 overall record and a 1-0 mark in BIG EAST play. They are currently receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. Last Saturday (Sept. 16) the Bulldogs topped Creighton, 3-2, in overtime. Sophomore Brandon Guhl led the comeback for the Bulldogs by scoring goals in the 77th and 81st minute of regulation to tie the game at 2-2. Just under three minutes into overtime, sophomore Alex Lehtinen notched the game-winner off a Bulldogs’ corner kick. Guhl, who was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 18, leads the team in goals (six) and points (14). Classmate Lewis Suddick leads the Bulldogs in assists with four. In net, redshirt senior Eric Dick holds a 5-1 record. Named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Aug. 28, he holds a 1.15 goals against average and a .781 save percentage on the season.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars hold a 2-4-1 overall record and a 0-0-1 record in the BIG EAST. On Tuesday, Providence battled Boston College and fell 2-1 in double overtime. With 5:16 remaining in regulation, Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) scored his fourth goal of the season to equalize the game at 1-1. Danny Griffin (Wethersfield, Conn.) played a ball across the goal mouth where Steeves was able to finish from close range. Matt DePerro (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) was also awarded an assist for his flick that led to the goal. For both Griffin and DePerro, the assists marked their first points of the season. In the 103rd minute, the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick and converted for the win.
Steeves is currently the team leader in shots (39), goals (four), and assists (three). In net, Colin Miller (Bel Air, Md.) enters the game with a 2-2-1 record, a .808 save percentage and a 0.90 goals against average. Ten different Friars have recorded at least a point so far in 2017. Overall, the team is averaging 1.43 goals scored per game and 11.0 shots per game.
Steeves continues to lead the team in all scoring categories. He is first in points (11), goals (four) and assists (three). He currently sits in third place in career points (74) for the Friars, just behind former teammate Julian Gressel (80). With his goal against Boston College, Steeves passed Gressel to become the second all-time leading goal scorer in Providence history. He now has 31 career goals and sits behind John Farren (62).
The Friars have had 12 different players register a point through seven games in 2017. Seven of those Friars have recorded multiple points. Steeves, Joao Serrano (Evora, Portugal), Liam Wilson (Sussex, England), Braden Kline (Lancaster, Pa.), Brendan Constantine (Glastonbury, Conn.), Alex DaCosta (Bristol, R.I.) and Steven Kilday (Marshfield, Mass.) are the multi-point scorers.
Joao Serrano is second on the team in points, with four. He picked up three points for the Friars on opening weekend. With a goal and assist, he was Providence’s main offensive threat in North Carolina. For his efforts, Serrano was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (8/28). The four points by the redshirt sophomore are already more than he picked up in the 2016 season.
Duncan On D
Freshman Malcolm Duncan has started all seven games so far this season and totaled 656 minutes in the Friar backline. He is one of only two freshmen to see time so far in the 2017 campaign. Duncan recorded his first collegiate point on an assist against Harvard on Sept. 9.
The Friars embark on a three-game road trip beginning September 26 at UConn. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in Storrs, Conn.
2017 Providence College Award Winners
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll: 8/28/17
- New England Soccer Journal Top-10 Players List (Ranked sixth- 8/22/17)
- Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
- Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll: 9/4/17, 9/11/17
- Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
- GO FRIARS! -
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