Oct. 12, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men’s soccer team continues BIG EAST Blue Division play on Saturday, Oct. 13 when they host conference rival, Pittsburgh. The afternoon cap is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and will be played at Glay Field.
Last Time Out
The Friars tied Columbia, 1-1, in a non-conference contest on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Tuesday’s match marked the first ever meeting between Columbia and Providence College. The Lions took the lead 15 minutes into the first half when Nick Scott scored off of a feed from Kofi Agyapong. The game remained at a standstill until the 74th minute when red shirt junior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) notched the equalizer. Arboleda finished a pass from sophomore Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.). The goal marked Arboleda’s third of the season and Ugarte’s second assist. Red shirt sophomore Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) finished the game with two saves.
For the season, Arboleda and Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.) serve as the Friars’ leading scorers with three goals and one assist apiece for a total of seven points each. Ugarte and Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.) have each tallied a team high two assists thus far. In goal, Broome has started nine games for the Friars notching 26 saves and owns a .687 saves percentage.
BIG EAST Play
Both the Panthers (0-4-0) and the Friars (0-3-0) will be looking for their first BIG EAST win on Saturday afternoon. Last season the Friars finished with a record of 5-3-1 which ranked them fifth for the BIG EAST tournament. The Friars have made it to the quarterfinals in three of the last four seasons, advancing to the BIG EAST championship in 2010.
Around The BIG EAST
In Providence’s BIG EAST Blue Division, Marquette remains unbeaten (3-0-0). Providence and Pittsburgh remain winless in conference play. Louisville tops the Red Division (3-1-0).
According to the NSCAA coaches poll (Oct.9), five of the 15 BIG EAST teams rank among the top 25 teams in the nation. Marquette (11-0-0) is No. 4, Connecticut (10-1-1) is No.6, Notre Dame (10-2-1) is No.7 and St. John’s (8-1-4) and Georgetown (10-2-1) are currently tied at No.10.
In a series that dates back to 1990, the Friars hold a 13-8-1 all-time mark against the Panthers. Last Season on Oct. 18, the Friars defeated the Panthers, 1-0. Ugarte notched the lone goal of the game in the first half, when in the 15th minute he finished a pass from teammate Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y.). The goal marked Ugarte’s fifth of the season and notched the Friars’ third BIG EAST win of their 2011 campaign.
The Panthers enter Saturday with a 6-5-2 overall record and an 0-4-0 mark in BIG EAST play. Pittsburgh last played on Oct. 6 at Seton Hall, when it lost to the Pirates, 4-1.
Nick Wysong tops the Panthers’ score sheet with 12 points on five goals and two assists. Nico Wrobel also has tallied double digit points (11) on five goals and one assist. The two have combined for 10 of the team’s 18 goals. In goal, Lee Johnston has started 13 games and has tallied 62 saves. Johnston owns a .756 saves percentage.
Live stats of the game will be provided on Providence College’s athletic website, www.Friars.com and can be accessed by clicking the link on the men’s soccer page here.
-- GO FRIARS --