Oct. 18, 2010
The Friars started off this week with a home match versus the University of Connecticut Huskies, who were ranked fifth in the country at the time of the match. The Friars lost the match 2-0 but in no way were outplayed. Connecticut had more of the possession throughout the game, but that is to be expected by a high caliber team like the Huskies. Providence was able to catch Connecticut in possession though and have a lot of joy with the ball as well. They possessed at times and showed that when on their game, they can pass around even the best teams in the country. The Friars held tough on their home pitch with the support of a pretty raucous crowd but were unable to keep Connecticut off the board as they connected on their two best chances of the day and won 2-0.
Providence then set off to Chicago to battle DePaul. DePaul is a tough place to go and play. It is a turf field surrounded by buildings on three sides. The fourth side has a train station through which a train runs through every five minutes or so which provides for less than perfect playing conditions for any visiting team who has not experienced it before. Providence went into DePaul in desperate need of a win to get them off the mark in their Big East season. Providence freshman, Brian Grisell, scored his goal of the season to take the lead in the first half. The Friars held onto the lead until DePaul struck just two minutes into the second half to tie the game 1-1. Thanks to stellar play from Jhojan Obando, the Friars were able to battle with DePaul for the remainder of regular time and through two overtimes to come away with a point.
The Friars are in desperate need of their first Big East win of the season and they will have an opportunity to get just that when they fly up to Wisconsin to take on Marquette. Providence has consistently shown that they can play with just about anyone in the country. Now, it is time for them to find ways to get results because their season will be defined by their remaining games. The season is still in their hands so I'm looking forward to the team grabbing the rest of this season's points and taking a win streak into the postseason.