Men's Soccer Heads To Seton Hall

Phil Towler and the Friars will face Seton Hall on Wednesday night.

Oct. 2, 2012


The Providence College men's soccer team continues BIG EAST Blue Division play with a midweek night contest at Seton Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The Friars and Pirates will meet at 7:00 p.m. at Seton Hall's Owen T. Carroll Field in South Orange, N.J.

Last Time Out
The Friars fell to tenth-ranked Marquette, 2-0, to open BIG EAST Blue Division play on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Glay Field. The Golden Eagles used second half goals from John Pothast and Axel Sjoberg to improve to 10-0-0 on the season. With the score tied at 0-0, the Friars had several chances to get on the board early in the second half but it was Marquette who found the back of the net first. Sjoberg sent in a free kick from just inside the Friar half that Bryan Ciesiulka flicked to the far post, where Pothast was waiting. As the Friars pushed hard for the equalizer, Marquette took advantage on another set piece chance when Paul Dillon sent in a corner kick that Sjoberg headed in at the far post. The Friars had several more chances down the stretch, but they were not able to solve Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, who finished with nine saves on the day to earn his fifth shutout of the season. Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) made two saves in the Friar goal.

Friar Leaders
For 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 this year. In net, Broome has started seven games for the Friars, posted a 1.31 goals against average and a .700 save percentage, while making 21 saves and recording a shutout.  

Both the Pirates (0-1-0) and the Friars (0-2-0) will be looking for their first BIG EAST win of the season on Wednesday night. Last season, Providence 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 first two opening conference games to move to 2-0-0 on the season. Seton Hall is 0-1-0, while Providence, Notre Dame and Pittsburg are each 0-2-0 in BIG EAST play heading into Wednesday night. Cincinnati leads the Red Division with a 2-0-0 mark.

Across the league, nine teams are ranked in the latest Top Drawer Soccer's Tournament 48 Rankings (Oct. 1-7), including second-ranked Connecticut (9-0-1), seventh-ranked Georgetown (10-0-1), eighth-ranked Marquette (10-0-0), 10th-ranked St. John's (7-1-3), 11th-ranked Notre Dame (8-2-0), 15th-ranked South Florida (6-2-2), 23rd-ranked Rutgers (5-3-0), 34th-ranked Louisville (5-4-0) and 38th-ranked Syracuse (8-3-0).

Series History
In a series that dates back to 1982, the Friars hold a 10-11-6 all-time mark against the Pirates. Last season, on Oct. 15 at Glay Field, Providence posted a 6-1 win over Seton Hall, led by then freshman Marcos Ugarte's (Providence, R.I.) goal and two assist performance. Greg Davis also scored three goals for the Friars on that day. Providence currently holds a three-game unbeaten streak against the Pirates (2-0-1), spanning the last three seasons.

Scouting Seton Hall
The Pirates enter Wednesday with a 4-5-0 overall record and a 0-1-0 mark in BIG EAST play. Seton Hall last played on Sept. 22 at Syracuse, when it lost, 1-0, to the Orange. Prior to that match, the Pirates had earned back-to-back wins over Monmouth (1-0 on Sept. 14) and at Delaware (2-1 on Sept. 19).

Junior forward Max Garcia leads the Seton Hall offense with five goals and an assist on the season for 11 points. His five goals represent half of the Pirates' goal total this year. Konrad Plewa has two assists on the year as well. In net, Michael Kuzan has played in six games and posted a 3-3-0 record to go along with a 1.83 goals against average and 41 saves. Kevin Bonder has played three games and posted a 1-2-0 mark, a 2.67 goals against average and has made 12 saves. Kuzan has started Seton Hall's last two matches.

Live video of the game will be provided by Seton Hall and can be accessed by clicking on the link on the men's soccer schedule page here




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