Oct. 16, 2012
Providence, R.I. - The Providence College men's soccer team continues BIG EAST Blue Division play on Wednesday, Oct. 17 when it hosts sixth-ranked Georgetown at 3:00 p.m. at Glay Field. The Friars will look to build on recent momentum as they posted a 1-0-1 record last week.
Last Time Out
On Saturday, Oct. 13 at Glay Field, red shirt junior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) led the Friars to their first BIG EAST win of the season with a three-goal performance. He tied the game, 1-1, at 65:35 and then sent the game to overtime when he netted another equalizer in the 85th minute, scored off a pass from junior Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.). At 93:12, Arboleda headed home a Thomas Ballenthin(Lexington, Mass.) cross to give the Friars the win.
For the season, Arboleda leads the squad in both goals (6) and points (13). Senior Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.) is second in both categories with three goals and seven points. Junior Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.) leads the team with three assists. In net, red shirt sophomore Keasel Broome(Claymont, Del.) has played the majority of the minutes, posting a 1.38 goals against average, 27 saves, a .659 save percentage and a 2-5-2 record.
BIG EAST Play
The win over Pittsburgh was Providence's first BIG EAST victory of the season and it moved the Friars into sixth in the Blue Division, one win (three points) behind fifth place Seton Hall. 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 and Connecticut are tied at the top with 3-1-0 marks in League play. Georgetown and Notre Dame are tied for third with 3-2-0 BIG EAST records. Louisville tops the Red Division (4-1-0).
According to the latest NSCAA coaches poll (Oct.16), six of the 15 BIG EAST teams rank among the top 25 teams in the nation. Connecticut (11-1-1) is No. 4, Marquette (12-1-0) is No. 5, Georgetown (12-2-1) is No.6, Notre Dame (11-3-0) is No.9, St. John's (8-2-4) is No.15 and Louisville (8-4-1) is No. 21. In the most recent RPI release of the year (Oct. 15), Connecticut, Notre Dame and Georgetown check in at second, third and fourth, respectively.
In a series that dates back to 1990, the Friars hold a 12-11-1 all-time mark against the Hoyas. Last Season on Oct. 29, the Friars posted a 2-1 win at then 19th-ranked Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Marcos Ugarte(Providence, R.I.) netted what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the 15th minute. Dating back to a 2-1 win in the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament, the Friars have won their last two meetings with the Hoyas.
The Hoyas enter Wednesday's game with a 12-2-1 overall record and a 3-2-0 mark in BIG EAST play. Last week, Georgetown beat Lehigh, 2-0, in a midweek game and then handed No. 2/4 Marquette its first loss of the season on Saturday, 2-1. Reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Steve Neumann scored three goals and added an assist in those two wins.
On the season, freshman Brandon Allen leads Georgetown with 20 points from nine goals and two assists. Neumann, a junior, is second on the team with 16 points (four goals, eight assists). In net, Tomas Gomez (842:19) and Keon Parsa (544:59) have played significant minutes for Georgetown. Gomez, who has started the last two games for Georgetown, is 8-0-1 on the year with a 0.74 goals against average, 28 saves and a .800 save 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.