Men's Soccer Heads to St. John's

Freshman Julian Gressel leads the Friars with four goals and nine points.

Oct. 3, 2013


The Providence College men’s soccer team will play its first BIG EAST road match of the season against St. John’s at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Friars enter the match with a 6-1-2 overall record (1-0-0 BIG EAST), while St. John’s is 5-3-1 (0-1-1 BIG EAST) on the year.

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Oct. 5 at St. John’s (Subscription: CBS All-Access)

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Oct. 5 at St. John’s

All-time Series History
First Meeting: at PC 1, SJU 0 (1987)
Last Meeting: SJU 2,  PC 0 (2009 – BIG EAST Championship Semifinals in Morgantown, W.Va.)
All-Time Series: SJU leads, 19-2-3

Scouting The Red Storm

The 14th/11th-ranked Red Storm carry a 5-3-1 overall record into Saturday night’s game, including a 0-1-1 BIG EAST record. Most recently, St. John’s dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at Fairleigh Dickinson. St. John’s has played three consecutive road overtime games, including a 1-0 loss at Creighton (Sept. 21) and a 2-2 tie at DePaul (Sept. 28). The 1-0 loss at Creighton was the first men’s soccer conference game in the newly constituted BIG EAST.

Sean Sepe leads the Red Storm offense with five goals for 10 points. Two of his five goals have proved to be game-winning strikes. Jamie Thomas leads St. John ’s with two assists on the year. In net, Rafael Diaz has played all nine games, posted a 0.93 goals against average while making 32 saves. He has three shutouts on the season.



Last Time Out
Providence opened 2013 BIG EAST play with a come-from-behind 3-1 home win over Seton hall (Sept. 28). Freshman Julian Gressel (Naustadt der Aisch, Germany) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 75th minute.

After a scoreless first half, Seton Hall took a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute when Max Garcia converted a penalty kick. The Friars levelled the score at 1-1 when freshman Nick Sailor (Bloomfield, Conn.) took advantage of a miscue at the top of the Seton Hall box. He picked up the loose ball, dribbled around the Seton Hall goalkeeper and put the ball in for his first goal in a Friar uniform, scored in the 63rd minute. Gressel then gave the Friars the lead when he got on the end of a Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) cross and volleyed the ball into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season. With time winding down, red-shirt sophomore Jimmy Petrucelli (Brentwood, N.H.) and freshman Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) played a give-and-go through the Seton Hall box that ended with Machado scoring his first goal as a Friar, sealing the win.

Around the BIG EAST
Creighton is atop the BIG EAST standings entering the weekend with a 1-0-1 mark (four points) in league play and joins St. John’s as the only BIG EAST teams with two league games played on the year. Providence, Butler and Marquette enter Saturday with 1-0-0 marks in BIG EAST play.

The Blue Jays are ranked fourth in the latest NSCAA poll and sixth in the Soccer America poll, followed by Georgetown (#11 NSCAA/#7 SA), St. John’s (#14 NSCAA/#11 SA), Butler (#16 NSCAA/#17 SA) and Providence (RV NSCAA).

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.

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.

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)

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 play two BIG EAST matches next week, including a 3:00 p.m. home game against Georgetown on Wednesday, Oct. 9 as well as 1:00 p.m. game at DePaul on Saturday, Oct. 12.

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)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 30)
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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