Men's Soccer Opens BIG EAST Play at Home Against Seton Hall

Phil Towler and the Friars open BIG EAST play against Seton Hall.

Sept. 27, 2013


The Providence College men’s soccer team will open BIG EAST play at home on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a 1:00 p.m. game against Seton Hall. The Friars enter Saturday’s match with an overall record of 5-1-2 and a 2-0-2 mark at home.

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Sept. 27 vs. Seton Hall

All-time Series History
First Meeting: PC 7, at SHU 1 (1983)
Last Meeting: at SHU 2, PC 1 (2012)
All-Time Series: SHU leads, 12-10-6

Scouting The Pirates

Seton Hall enters Saturday afternoon with a 2-3-2 overall record. Most recently, Seton Hall fell at home to Bucknell, 2-0, on Sept. 21. Seton Hall has been scoreless in each of their last three matches where it dropped decisions to George Mason (1-0), Princeton (1-0) and Bucknell (2-0).

The Pirates opened their 2013 campaign on a four game unbeaten streak. Seton Hall blanked Rhode Island 3-0 in its home opener. The Pirates went on to tie their next two opponents, Drexel and Monmouth , 3-3 and 1-1, respectively. Seton Hall notched its second win of the season with a 5-4 victory over Delaware on Sept. 10.

Offensively, the Pirates are led by Samuel Geiler who has tallied a team-high eight points on four goals. Victor Manosalvas has recorded a team-best four assists. In goal, Julian Spindler has played 580 minutes where he has posted 11 saves for a .579 save percentage and 1-3-2 overall record.

Last Time Out
Providence suffered its first loss of the season at Virginia, 4-0, on Tuesday night at Klöckner Stadium. Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when junior Eric Bird volleyed in a Cavalier corner kick taken by sophomore Scott Thomsen. One of the Friars' best chances of the game came in the 33rd minute when sophomore Manny Andrade (Boston, Mass.) headed down a free kick in the box for an onrushing Jeff Kilday (Marshfield, Mass.), but the red-shirt sophomore's shot went just over the bar.



Virginia outshot the Friars 11-6, including a 5-0 advantage in shots on goal. Cavalier goalie Jeff Gal did not make a save in the shutout, while Broome finished with one save for the Friars. The Cavaliers snapped Providence's seven-game unbeaten streak to start the season, which was the Friars' best start to a season since starting 2005 with a 4-0-5 record.

Unbeaten Starts
After posting a win at Boston University on Sept. 20, the Friars went undefeated in their first seven games of the season (5-0-2), marking their best start to a season since opening 2005 with a 4-0-5 mark. In addition, Providence opened the year on a three-match winning streak for the first time since 1993, when it started the year 4-0-0.

Around the BIG EAST
Creighton is ranked third in both the NSCAA and College Soccer News polls, in addition to fourth in the Soccer America poll. Georgetown (#12 NSCAA/#5 SA/#6 CSN) owns a 6-2-0 record. Butler (#12 NSCAA/#21 SA/RV CSN) has posted an overall record of 5-1-1.  On Saturday night (Sept. 21), Creighton downed St. John’s, 1-0, in a double overtime thriller that marked the first League match of the 2013 season. The game was played at Creighton. On Saturday night (Sept. 21), Creighton downed St. John’s, 1-0, in a double overtime thriller that marked the first League match of the 2013 season. The game was played at Creighton.

Ocean State Soccer Classic Co-Champions
With Brown and Providence playing to a 1-1 tie on Sunday (Sept. 8), the two teams ended the tournament as co-champions after each squad accumulated four points on a win and a tie. Rhode Island placed third with three points, while Bryant finished fourth. The Friars have played for the title in each of the four seasons that the tournament has been contested between Rhode Island’s four NCAA Div. I men’s soccer teams.

Ocean State Soccer Classic Championship Games
2010: Providence College 1, Brown 1 (Providence, R.I./at Brown)*
2011: Providence College 1, Rhode Island 0 (Kingston, R.I./ot)
2012: Brown 1, Providence College 0 (Kingston, R.I.)
2013: Providence College 1, Brown 1 (Providence, R.I./at Providence College)^
* - Providence won PK’s(5-4)  to take OSSC title
^ - Predetermined matchups used for tournament (no PK’s)

For the 2013 season, the BIG EAST will consist of 10 teams and play a nine-game league schedule in one division with the addition of new members Butler University, Creighton University and Xavier University. The BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship will begin with the opening round on campuses on Nov. 12.  Six teams will qualify for the championship. The No. 3 seed will play the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed will play the No. 5 seed in the opening round. The top two seeds will receive byes to the semifinals. The semifinals and championship games will be played on Nov. 15 & 17 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.

Captains Named
Head Coach Craig Stewart announced on Aug. 21 that red-shirt senior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.), senior Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) and red-shirt junior Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) have been named team captains for the 2013 season.

Nine players have joined the Friars for the 2013 season. The group of incoming players includes junior Fabio Machado (Leominster, Mass.), red-shirt freshman Cris Huacon (Kearny, N.J.) and freshmen Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany), Mark Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.), Brian Kennedy (Upland, Calif.), Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.), Nick Sailor (Bloomfield, Conn.), Ben Seguljic (Rye Brook, N.Y.) and Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.).

Up Next
The Friars continue BIG EAST play at St. John’s on Saturday, Oct. 5.

2013 Providence College Award Winners
Brandon Adler
- Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)
Wilder Arboleda
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 2)
Anthony Baumann
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 16)
Keasel Broome
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 9)
Jeff Kilday
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 23)
Julian Gressel

- BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Sept. 2)
Phil Towler
- Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 9)
- Ocean State Soccer Classic Co-Most Outstanding Player (Sept. 9)
Dominik Machado
- Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)
Fabio Machado
- BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 23)
Markus Naglestad
- Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)


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