Sept. 27, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The men’s soccer team opens its home BIG EAST slate at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 against the tenth-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles. The Friars enter the game with a 1-1-0 record over their past two games and four of their eight games have gone to overtime this season.
Last Time Out
The Friars last played on Sept. 22 when they fell in overtime at then No. 22 South Florida, 1-0, in both teams’ BIG EAST opener. Roberto Alterio scored the game-winning goal for the Bulls in the 97th minute. In a series that has seen its fair share of close contests over the years; four of the five all-time meetings between the two teams have now reached overtime. Red shirt sophomore Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) made his return to the Friar goal and had four saves in the loss, including two in overtime.
On the season, redshirt junior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) and senior Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.) lead the Friars with two goals and an assist 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, red shirt senior Byron Regester (Westerville, Ohio) and Broome have both played in net for the Friars and each has a win on the season. Broome’s goals against average stands at 1.20 on the year, while Regester’s is 1.72. Broome leads the duo with 19 saves.
BIG EAST Play
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 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.
Around The BIG EAST
In Providence’s BIG EAST Blue Division, Marquette, Georgetown and Connecticut all won their opening conference games to move to 1-0-0 on the season. Across the league, six teams are ranked in the latest NSCAA National Poll, including second-ranked Connecticut (8-0-1), fifth-ranked Georgetown (9-0-1), eighth-ranked Notre Dame (8-1-0), tenth-ranked Marquette (9-0-0), 15th-ranked St. John’s (6-1-3) and 20th-ranked South Florida (6-2-1).
The Friars and Golden Eagles have met six times, with the Friars holding a 5-1-0 all-time advantage. Last season, Marquette earned a 3-1 win at Glay Field. Then freshman Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) scored a first-half goal to even the match at 1-1, but the Golden Eagles scored the next two to earn the win. Providence’s last victory over Marquette came on Oct. 20, 2010, when the Friars earned a 1-0 double overtime win in Milwaukee on a Giuseppe Guerriero goal scored with 1:51 to play in the second overtime.
The Golden Eagles are currently riding a nine game winning streak and hold a 9-0-0 overall record. Leading the way for Marquette is Andy Huftalin, who has four goals and an assist on the season for nine points. Adam Lysak has three goals and three assists in nine games for the Golden Eagles to also check in with nine points. In the most recent game, Huftalin netted the game winner in double overtime (108th minute), giving Marquette a 2-1 win over Wisconsin on Sept. 26.
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