Men's Soccer Welcomes Creighton

Oct. 20, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

The Providence College men’s soccer team welcomes BIG EAST opponent Creighton to Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium for a BIG EAST Conference match-up on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:00 p.m.

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The BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN), the leagues branded channel on FOX Sports Go, is currently available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices and on desktops via the internet at http://www.FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. FOX Sports Gos authenticated distribution is more than 90 million homes averaging more than three million streams per month. FOX Sports Go is available internationally via the internet by visiting http://www.FOXSportsGo.com (the FOX Sports Go app is not supported internationally).

Series History vs. Creighton
First Meeting: Providence- 0, Creighton- 3 (2011)
Last Meeting: Providence- 2, Creighton- 1 (2016- NCAA Tournament)
All-Time Series: 5-5-0

Scouting the Bluejays
Creighton enters Saturday’s contest with a 8-4-1 overall record and a 2-2-1 BIG EAST mark. Last weekend, the Bluejays defeated Xavier, 4-1, behind two goals from senior forward Ricky Lopez-Espin. He leads the team and is tied for first in the BIG EAST with nine goals scored. He also has two assists and a league-leading 20 points. Joel Rydstrand leads the Bluejays and is tied for first in the league with six assists. Senior Lucas Stauffer ranks second on the team in points with nine (two goals, five assists). In net, senior Michael Kluver holds an 8-3-0 record with four shutouts. He has recorded a 1.00 goals against average and a 0.750 save percentage.

Scouting the Friars
The Friars hold a 4-7-2 overall record and a 1-2-2 record in the BIG EAST. The team is coming off a big 2-0 week, with wins against Brown (Oct. 11) and Seton Hall (Oct. 14). Matt DePerro (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored his first career goal and Brian Kennedy (Upland, Calif.) picked up his first career assist in the match against Brown. Joao Serrano (Evora, Portugal) scored the overtime winner. Serrano then tallied two assists in Saturday’s match against Seton Hall. Both of his assists were on Mac Steeves’ (Needham, Mass.) goals. Serrano is currently second on the team in scoring with eight points (two goals, four assists). DePerro scored the other goal for the Friars on Saturday, his second in as many starts. In net, Miller enters the game with a 4-5-2 record, a .717 save percentage and a 1.26 goals against average. Thirteen different Friars have recorded at least a point so far in 2017. Overall, the team is averaging 1.38 goals scored per game and 13.4 shots per game.

Familiar Foes
Last season, Providence and Creighton met three times. In the regular season match-up at Creighton, the Friars earned a 1-0 victory (Oct. 29). The Bluejays then ousted Providence from the BIG EAST Tournament semifinal with a 2-1 victory on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium (Nov. 10). On Nov. 26, the teams met again in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Providence was victorious with a 2-1 win.

Battle Tested
The Friars are no strangers to overtime, as their win over Brown was the fifth time they have played more than 90 minutes this season. In overtime this year, the Friars hold a 2-1-2 record. The two ties are both in BIG EAST matches.

Steeves Shines
Steeves continues to lead the team in all scoring categories. He is first in points (19), goals (eight) and assists (three). With his two goals against Seton Hall (Oct. 14), he passed former teammate Julian Gressel on the all-time career points leaderboard at Providence. He is now second with 82 career points. He is also second in career goals scored, with 35. John Farren tops both of those leaderboards, with 62 career goals and 154 career points.

In the BIG EAST, Steeves leads the league with 4.69 shots per game. He is third in goals scored with eight and also third in points with 19.

Lucky 13
The Friars have had 13 different players register a point through thirteen games in 2017. Eleven of those Friars have recorded multiple points. Steeves, DePerro, Serrano, Danny Griffin (Wethersfield, Conn.), Alex Vigliotti (Branford, Conn.), Liam Wilson (Sussex, England), Braden Kline (Lancaster, Pa.), Brendan Constantine (Glastonbury, Conn.), Alex DaCosta (Bristol, R.I.), Steven Kilday (Marshfield, Mass.) and Klisman Sousa (Sal, Cape Verde) are the multi-point scorers.

Rhode Island Rivalries
This season, the Friars battled three other Rhode Island opponents. Providence defeated Rhode Island, 2-1, in double overtime on Sept. 1 and Bryant, 3-0, on Sept. 4. With the most recent 2-1 victory against Brown (Oct. 11), the Friars earned a perfect 3-0 record against in-state competition.

Kennedy at Right Back
Redshirt senior Brian Kennedy appeared in the lineup for the first time this season on Sept. 30 at Xavier. He has started the last four consecutive matches at right back, totaling 312 minutes in the Friar backline. On Oct. 11, the redshirt senior tallied his first career assist in a 2-1 overtime win over Brown. Kennedy was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16.

Midseason Best XI
New England Soccer Journal released a midseason best XI on Wednesday (Sept. 27). Both Steeves and Griffin were featured in the “dream team” from New England. Dartmouth, UMass Lowell and New Hampshire were the other schools to have multiple players featured.

Up Next
The Friars play their next two games on the road at Georgetown (Oct. 25, 3:00 p.m.) and Villanova (Oct. 28, 1:00 p.m.) before returning home for the final game of the regular season. On Nov. 1 the Friars take on St. John’s at 7 p.m. for Senior Night.

2017 Providence College Award Winners
Brian Kennedy
- BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week: 10/16/17

Joao Serrano
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll: 8/28/17, 10/16/17

Danny Griffin
- New England Soccer Journal Top-10 Players List (Ranked sixth- 8/22/17)
- New England Soccer Journal Midseason Best XI

Mac Steeves
- Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
- Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll: 9/4/17, 9/11/17
- New England Soccer Journal Midseason Best XI

Mark Jecewiz
- Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
- Senior CLASS Award Candidate

- GO FRIARS! -


 

 

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