Men's Soccer To Play West Virginia On National TV

Marcos Ugarte

Oct. 20, 2011

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PROVIDENCE TO PLAY AT WEST VIRGINIA... Providence College will complete its two-match road trip on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. when it faces West Virginia in a crucial BIG EAST match in Morgantown. The Friars are in fifth place of the BIG EAST Blue Division, two points behind third place West Virginia and Georgetown.

WHAT'S NEXT... Following the match at West Virginia, the Friars will complete their regular-season home schedule against Notre Dame on Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m.

FRIARS DEFEAT PITTSBURGH... Providence earned its second consecutive BIG EAST Conference win with a 1-0 result at Pittsburgh. Freshman Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) scored the lone goal of the match in the 15th minute as sophomore Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y.) and junior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) assisted on the goal. It marked Ugarte's fifth goal of the season which is tied for the team lead. Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) recorded his sixth shutout of the season and the 12th of his career.

SERIES HISTORY VERSUS WEST VIRGINIA... In 15 all-time meetings between Providence and West Virginia, the Mountaineers lead, 8-7, but Providence has claimed the last three meetings by the same 1-0 score. In 2009, the Friars posted a 1-0 overtime victory marking their first triumph in Morgantown since 2003. Last season, Providence also defeated West Virgina, 1-0, at Glay Field on Senior Day.



DAVIS SCORES HAT TRICK... Greg Davis recorded his first career hat trick on October 15 against Seton Hall. Davis is the first Friar to score three goals in a match since Eoin Lynch did it on September 2, 2005 as Providence defeated Maine, 4-1.

FRESHMAN CLASS MAKING IMPACT... The Friar freshman class has made a strong impact on this season's team. Four rookies are regular starters, including Marcos Ugarte who leads the team with 13 points and is tied for first with five goals. In addition, Jimmy Petruccelli (Brentwood, N.H.) has one goal and three assists for five points. Brandon Adler (Montville, N.J.) has started every match at center back, Fazal Nabi (Portland, Maine) has started 10 games at midfield, while Thomas Ballenthin (Lexington, Mass.) has 10 starts at left back.

FRIAR QUICK NOTES • The win over Pitt on Tuesday was Providence's first BIG EAST road victory of the season. The Friars improved to 1-1-1 in league away matches. • Of the 20 goals scored by the Friars this season, 12 have come in the second half and one in overtime. • Providence has played against three teams (UConn, Creighton, USF) ranked in the top eight of the RPI rankings. • The last Providence freshman to lead the team in scoring was Jonathan Medcalf who had seven goals and 14 points to lead the Friars in 2006. Marcos Ugarte currently has 13 points. • The Friars are seeking their seventh consecutive winning season under the tutelage of Head Coach Chaka Daley. Providence has not had seven straight winning seasons since 1981-87. The Friar record for most consecutive winning seasons is eight (1980-87). • In addition, Providence is looking to clinch a BIG EAST playoff berth for the seventh straight year.

SCOUTING WEST VIRGINIA... West Virginia is coming off a 2-0 upset win over previously unbeaten and No. 1 UConn on October 18. The Mountaineers took the lead for good in the 35th minute when Shadow Sebele converted a penalty kick. WVU sealed the win in the 79th minute, scoring on another set piece. Sebele played a left-footed ball off a corner kick to Eric Schoenle who headed the ball into the net. Sebele leads the team in scoring with six goals and seven assists for 19 points, while Andy Bevin is second with six goals and two assists for 14 points. Justin Holmes has played in eight matches and has a 0.78 goals against average and five shutouts.

CINTRON PROVIDING ASSISTANCE... Marc Cintron leads the Friars with four assists this season in just nine matches. Last season, he had 10 assists, which was two shy of tying the PC single-season record that was set in 1982. Overall, Cintron has 18 career assists which ranks tied for fifth all-time at Providence. The Friars record for career assists is 30 which was set by John Farren (1982-85).

PROVIDENCE'S RALLY FALLS SHORT AT NO. 1 UCONN... Providence was defeated at No. 1 Connecticut on Wednesday, October 12 in Storrs. Trailing, 2-0, with under18 minutes remaining, Jimmy Petruccelli scored his first collegiate goal to cut the lead to 2-1. The Friars nearly scored the equalizer with 25 seconds left. Petruccelli played a cross from the right flank and over UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake who had come off his line. PC junior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.), who was at the back post, leaped and headed the ball towards the open net, but UConn's Andrew Jean-Baptiste made a sprawling save with his right foot off the goal line and secured the win for the Huskies. PC's goal ended UConn's school record of nine consecutive games without conceding a goal, a span of 961:32.

NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE... The Friars finished their non-conference schedule with a 5-3 record. The non-conference schedule featured two ranked teams (No. 3 Creighton and No. 11 Brown).

OBANDO LEADING THE WAY IN GOAL... Providence senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) leads the Friars in goal. He has started all 14 matches and has 1.00 goals against average and six shutouts. His six shutouts ranks tied for fourth in the BIG EAST. The co-captain had a stretch earlier this season in which he recorded four consecutive clean sheets. In addition, he had a streak in which he didn't allow a goal in a span of 429:01. He was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on September 5. He also was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week on September 7.

BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS... Three Providence players have earned BIG EAST Weekly honors this season. In addition to Jhojan Obando being named Goalkeeper of the Week, Marcos Ugarte and sophomore Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) have each earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors. Ugarte earned the honor on September 26, while Arboleda's accolade came on September 12.

BIG EAST LEADERS... In six BIG EAST Conference matches, Providence ranks second in the league with 12 goal, leads the league with 14 assists and ranks third with 39 points. All 13 of Marcos Ugarte's points (five goals, three assists) have come in conference play. Greg Davis has four goals and two assists for 10 points in league action. Ugarte is tied for first in league games with 13 points and second with five goals. Davis is fourth in points and tied for third in goals scored.

FRIARS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS... The Friars have played against four nationally ranked teams this season, including two squads in the top three. Three of the four games against ranked teams have been on the road. Providence is 1-2-1 against ranked opponents. PC posted a win over No. 11 Brown, before being defeated on the road against No. 3 Creighton. The Friars also tied No. 13 USF, 1-1, in double overtime in Tampa, Fla. Most recently, Providence dropped a close match at No. 1 UConn, 2-1, on October 12.

FRIARS TOUGH AT HOME... Providence has posted a 5-2 mark at home this season and have outscored opponents, 14-6, in the seven matches. The Friars have a 2-1 mark in home conference games and a 3-1 record in non-conference home contests.

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