Kahle's Blog

Oct. 5, 2010

The Friars had an up and down week on the road. On Wednesday, they traveled to Boston to take on Harvard University. When you go away with your team, all you have to rely on is the support of your team and coaches. It is not easy to put the best performance forward and that is why it is so difficult to win on the road. Providence went away from home and got the result. Keith Jecewiz got his first career goal to start off the scoring. Then with two seconds remaining in the first half, Matt Marcin found the back of the net to double the lead. The second half was a battle that the Friars found a way to win. They let up a goal just two minutes into the second half but held on to claim the much needed victory away from home.

To prove my point on how difficult it is to win on the road, Providence then headed out west to South Bend, Indiana to the newly built Notre Dame soccer complex. Providence outshot Notre Dame, Providence had more corners than Notre Dame, Providence had more possession than Notre Dame, yet still, Notre Dame ended up winning the game. Providence was scored on in the eleventh minute. Going down early, away from home is detrimental to a road team's confidence. But the Friars fought back and eventually broke through with a little help from an own goal by Notre Dame. Providence had better chances in the first half and throughout the game. They possessed the ball well, defended with vigor and found themselves controlling the tempo for most of the game. In the second half, the Friars showed what they have worked so hard to become a ball playing team that could put together great performances against high quality opponents. They carried their momentum from the first half into the second and looked fantastic for the first half hour of the second frame. Unfortunately, they could not break through the Notre Dame backline. As the second half wore on, the game became more open which created more chances for both sides. The Friars conceded a goal with five minutes to go and it ended that way, a 2-1 Notre Dame victory.



Soccer is a strange game. The best team on the field does not always win. The team that puts in the best performance on that day does not always win. Providence impressed me with the performance that they put together at Notre Dame. They were unlucky not to get at least a point out of that game. This week they have an out of conference match versus Boston University on Wednesday and then resume Big East play on Saturday. The game against Georgetown is crucial for the Friars' Big East season. As the season progresses, each Big East game becomes more and more important to the direction of the Friars' season. I look forward to seeing the Friars continue their good form and win both games this week.
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