PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s soccer team clashes with the University of Connecticut on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. The game is in Storrs, Conn. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Series History vs. UConn
First Meeting: Providence- 0, UConn- 2 (1973)
Last Meeting: Providence- 0, UConn- 1 (2016)
All-Time Series: 6-33-2
Scouting the Huskies
UConn enters Tuesday’s game with a 3-2-2 overall record. On Saturday (Sept. 23) the Huskies earned their first American Athletic Conference win in a 2-0 victory over Temple. UConn’s other wins came against Quinnipiac and Hofstra. Niko Petridis and Abdou Mbacke Thiam scored goals in the game against Temple. Thiam leads the Huskies’ offense with five goals and an assist for 11 points so far this season. Petridis and Austin DaSilva are the only other Huskies to score goals so far this season, with one apiece. In net, red-shirt senior Scott Levene has started all seven games. He holds a goals against average of 0.65 and a .815 save percentage with three shutouts.
Scouting the Friars
The Friars hold a 2-5-1 overall record and a 0-1-1 record in the BIG EAST. On Saturday, Providence battled Butler and fell 1-0. The Bulldogs scored the eventual game-winner the 31st minute. Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) is currently the team leader in shots (43), goals (four), and assists (three). In net, Colin Miller (Bel Air, Md.) enters the game with a 2-3-1 record, a .786 save percentage and a 0.91 goals against average. Twelve different Friars have recorded at least a point so far in 2017. Overall, the team is averaging 1.25 goals scored per game and 12.6 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 eight games so far this season and totaled 746 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 continue their three-game road trip with a BIG EAST matchup at Xavier University. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 30 at XU Soccer Complex.
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
- Senior CLASS Award Candidate
- GO FRIARS! -
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