No. 23 Men's Soccer Plays Host To No. 4 Georgetown

Phil Ziegler and the Friars enter Wednesday's match with a 1-0-1 record against ranked opponents in 2013.

Oct. 8, 2013


The 23rd-ranked Providence College men’s soccer team continues BIG EAST play with a 3:00 p.m. home game against fourth-ranked Georgetown on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The game will be played on the turf field at the newly constructed Ray Treacy Track.

The Friars are 7-1-2 (2-0-0 BIG EAST) on the season, while Georgetown carries an 8-2-1 overall record into Wednesday’s game (1-0-1 BIG EAST).

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All-time Series History
First Meeting: at GU 4, PC 3 (1990 - ot)
Last Meeting: GU 1, at PC 0 (2012)
All-Time Series: Tied, 12-12-1

Scouting The Hoyas

The fourth-ranked Hoyas enter Wednesday’s game with an 8-2-1 (1-0-1 BIG EAST) record and they are unbeaten in their last seven games (6-0-1). Last week, Georgetown posted shutout victories at American (1-0) and at home against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall (8-0).

Brandon Allen and Steve Neumann lead a potent Georgetown offense that has netted 22 goals on the year. Allen has a team-high seven goals and three assists for a team-high 17 points, while Neumann has six goals and three assists for 15 points. Alex Muyl leads the team with five assists.

In goal, Tomas Gomez has played the majority of the minutes and posted a 7-2-1 mark on the year to go along with a 0.47 goals against average and an .861 save percentage. He has six solo shutouts on the season and two shared shutouts. The Hoyas have not conceded a goal in their last three games.



Last Time Out
Senior back Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute to send the Friars to a 1-0 win at No. 11/14 St. John’s on Saturday night at Belson Stadium (Oct. 5).

Late in the second half, red-shirt junior Markus Naglestad (Kristiansand, Norway) beat the Red Storm defense and cut through the St. John’s box, where he was fouled. Baumann then stepped up and converted his second penalty kick of the season to lift the Friars to the victory. In the final 20 minutes of the game, Friar goalkeeper Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) turned in several impressive saves, including a point blank save on Marco Bordon in the 69th minute that kept the score tied at 0-0. The shutout was Broome’s third of the year and the fifth of his Friar career.

The Friar victory snapped the Red Storm’s five-game home winning streak. The win was Providence’s first over St. John’s since the 1988 season and third overall in series history. 

Baumann Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
On Monday afternoon (Oct. 7), the BIG EAST named senior back Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. Baumann was also named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week (Oct. 8).

Baumann led the Friars to their first win over St. John’s since the 1988 season when he converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute to send Providence College to a 1-0 win at Belson Stadium on Saturday night. It was Baumann’s second goal of the season. On the defensive side of the field, Baumann helped the Friars to their third shutout of the year.

Entering the Rankings
The Friars entered Soccer America’s the top-25 for the first time this season at No. 23 on Tuesday. Oct. 8. Receiving votes for most of the season in the NSCAA poll, the Friars are one of three BIG EAST teams in the Soccer America top-25. The updated NSCAA rankings have not been released.

First Ten
At 7-1-2, the Friars have suffered just one loss in their first ten games of the season. The last time Providence made it through ten games with just one loss was 2007, when it opened the year with a 4-1-5 mark. The last time the Friars posted at least seven wins in their first ten games was 2006, when they posted an 8-2-0 mark to start the year.  

Friar Offensive Category Leaders
Goals: Julian Gressel (4), four tied with two goals
Assists: Dominik Machado (3), three tied with two assists
Points: Julian Gressel (9), Anthony Baumann (6), three tied with five points
Shots: Julian Gressel (26), Markus Naglestad (22)
Shots on Goal: Julian Gressel (11), Markus Naglestad (11)

Providence vs. Ranked Opponents
The Friars are 1-0-1 against ranked opponents this season, including a 1-1 tie at home against 20th-ranked Brown and a 1-0 win at No. 11/14 St. John’s.  

Around the BIG EAST: Wednesday Showdowns
Creighton is atop the BIG EAST standings entering Wednesday’s matches with a 2-0-1 mark (seven points) in league play. Providence, Butler and Marquette are all 2-0-0 in League play (six points), followed by Georgetown at 1-0-1 (four points). Four of the five league unbeaten teams will play on Wednesday as the Friars host the Hoyas and Butler plays at Marquette.

BIG EAST In The Polls
Georgetown is ranked fourth in the latest Soccer America poll, followed by Creighton (#8) and Providence (#23). The updated NSCAA poll has not been released.

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.

Up Next
The Friars continue BIG EAST play at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at DePaul.

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)
- BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 7)
- Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week (Oct. 8)
Keasel Broome
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 9)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 7)
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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