No. 23 Men's Soccer Heads To DePaul

    Fabio Machado

    Fabio Machado

    Oct. 11, 2013

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

    The No. 25/23 Providence College men's soccer team continues BIG EAST play with a 2:00 p.m. (EST) road game at DePaul on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Friars are 7-2-2 (2-1-0 BIG EAST) on the season, while DePaul carries a 4-6-2 overall record into Saturday's game (0-2-1 BIG EAST).

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    At DePaul (Oct. 12) First Meeting: PC 2, at DePaul 0 (2007) Last Meeting: PC 1, at DePaul 1 (2010 - 2ot) All-Time Series: PC leads, 1-0-1

    Scouting The Blue Demons
    The Blue Demons enter Saturday's game with a 4-6-2 (0-2-1 BIG EAST) record and are on a two-game losing skid. Most recently, DePaul dropped a 3-0 home decision versus BIG EAST foe Xavier on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

    Michael Stankiewicz and Art Garza are tied for the team lead with six points, as each player has two goals and two assists on the year. DePaul has a balanced offense that includes seven players who have netted two goals this year. In all, 11 players have found the back of the net for the Blue Demons.

    In net, Eric Sorby has played all 12 games for DePaul, posting a 1.41 goals against average and a .786 save percentage. He has three shutouts on the year.

    Last Time Out
    The No. 25/23 Friars were edged, 1-0, at home by No. 4/9 Georgetown on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in an afternoon tilt at the newly constructed turf field located at the Ray Treacy Track. Georgetown took a 1-0 lead in the 69th minute when Bakie Goodman finished a strike from inside the 18-yard box. Teammate Tyler Rudy dished Goodman a feed that Goodman was able to bury near post. The remainder of the game was scoreless as the Hoya's held on for the win.

    Providence out shot Georgetown, 14-7, and held the advantage in corners, 4-3. Red-shirt junior goalkeeper Keasel Broome played all 90 minutes in goal for the Friars and tallied two saves.

    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 the NSCAA and Soccer America's the top-25 for the first time this season on Oct. 8. Providence was ranked 25th by the NSCAA and 23rd by Soccer America. 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 and one of four BIG EAST teams in the NSCAA rankings.

    Fantastic First Ten 
    At 7-1-2, the Friars 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 1-1-1 against ranked opponents this season, including a 1-1 tie at home against 20th-ranked Brown, a 1-0 win at No. 11/14 St. John's and a 1-0 loss at home to No. 4/9 Georgetown.

    BIG EAST In The Polls
    In the NSCAA poll, Creighton is ranked seventh, followed by Georgetown (#9), Butler (#21), St. John's (#22) and Providence (#25). Georgetown is ranked fourth in the latest Soccer America poll, followed by Creighton (#8) and Providence (#23).

    BIG EAST Soccer 
    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 Start 
    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 with a 1:00 p.m. home match on Saturday, Oct. 19.

    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)