Men's Soccer To Play Two BIG EAST Away Matches This Week

    Julian Gressel leads the Friars in scoring.

    Julian Gressel leads the Friars in scoring.

    Oct. 22, 2013

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

    The Providence College men’s soccer team will play BIG EAST road matches at Villanova and Xavier this week as competition for the League’s post season tournament heats up. The Friars will play a 3:00 p.m. game at Villanova on Wednesday, Oct. 23, followed by a 7:00 p.m. game at Xavier on Saturday, Oct. 26.

    The Friars are 8-3-2 on the season and enter the week in a three-way tie for third with Butler and Xavier in the BIG EAST standings (3-2-0). Villanova enters the week tied for seventh in the BIG EAST standings (2-3-0).

    Live Stats
    Wednesday at Villanova: Villanova (Gametracker)
    Saturday at Xavier: GoXavier.com (Gametracker)

    Live Streaming
    Wednesday at Villanova: Villanova.com (CBS All-Access)
    Saturday at Xavier: GoXavier.com (CBS All-Access)

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    Series History vs. Villanova
    First Meeting: PC 2, at VU 0 (1984)
    Last Meeting: PC 3, at VU 0 (2010 – BIG EAST Championship First Round)
    All-Time Series: VU leads, 10-9-2


     

     

    Series History vs. Xavier
    First all-time meeting between the two teams

    Scouting The Wildcats
    Villanova enters Wednesday with a 6-6-1 record (2-3-0 BIG EAST) and carry a two-game winning streak into the match. On Oct. 12, the Wildcats posted a 2-0 win over St. John’s and then followed that win up with a 1-0 overtime win at No. 12 Creighton, 1-0. Senior Dylan Renna scored with 32 seconds remaining in the first overtime to lift Villanova to the win over Creighton.

    For the season, Padraic McCullaugh, Dylan Renna and Chris Hill are tied for the team lead with seven points. McCullaugh leads the Wildcats with three goals. In goal, Andrew Weakly has played all 13 games for Villanova, posting a 1.34 goals against average, a .778 save percentage and four shutouts.

    Scouting The Musketeers
    Xavier enters the week with a 7-5-2 overall record (3-2-0 BIG EAST) and will play home matches versus Seton Hall (Oct. 23) and Providence (Oct. 26) in the coming days. Most recently, the Musketeers posted a 2-1 overtime win at St. John’s on Oct. 19. Senior John McDermott scored his first goal of the year at 104:59 to send Xavier home with the win.

    Senior Matt Walker leads the Musketeers in scoring with 15 points on five goals and seven assists. Red-shirt senior Will Walker leads the squad with five goals. In net, senior Eric Osswald has played the majority of the minutes for Xavier and posted a 0.83 goals-against average, an .817 save percentage and four shutouts.

    Last Week
    The Friars dropped a 1-0 home decision to No. 20/25 Marquette in their only game last week, which was played on Oct. 19. The Friars found themselves on the disappointing side of the result, despite outshooting the Golden Eagles, 18-10, and holding a 10-7 edge in corner kicks. Marquette scored what proved to be the game winner in the 73rd minute of play as Louis Bennett II bent a shot into the far top corner of the goal from outside the box. Keasel Broome recorded four saves in goal for the Friars, while Charlie Lyon registered seven saves for Marquette.

    Friar Offensive Category Leaders
    Goals: Julian Gressel (4), five tied with two goals
    Assists: Dominik Machado (3), four tied with two assists
    Points: Julian Gressel (10), Anthony Baumann (6), Manny Andrade (6)
    Shots: Julian Gressel (35), Markus Naglestad (26)
    Shots on Goal: Fabio Machado (14), Julian Gressel (13)

    Providence vs. Ranked Opponents
    The Friars are 1-2-1 against ranked opponents this season, including a 1-1 tie at home against 20th-ranked Brown, a 1-0 win at No. 11/14 St. John’s, a 1-0 loss at home to No. 4/9 Georgetown and a 1-0 loss at home to No. 20/25 Marquette.

    BIG EAST Round Up
    All 10 BIG EAST teams will play League games on both Wednesday and Saturday as the race for playoff positioning heats up. In terms of teams in the top-half of the standings squaring off, Wednesday’s slate is highlighted by Creighton visiting Butler, while Saturday’s matchups include Georgetown visiting Marquette.

    After this week, two dates of BIG EAST play remain before the playoffs including Saturday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 8.

    BIG EAST Playoff Preview
    The BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship will begin with the opening round at campus sites on Nov. 12.  Six teams will qualify for the championship. The No. 3 seed will host the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed will host the No. 5 seed in the opening round. The top two seeds will receive byes to the semifinals.

    The semifinals and championship games will be played on Nov. 15 & 17 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. PPL Park is home to the Philadelphia Union of the MLS and will also serve as the site of the 2013 College Cup (Dec. 13-15). The host school of the College Cup will be Villanova.

    Into the Ranks
    The Friars entered the NSCAA and Soccer America’s top-25 for the first time this season on Oct. 8. Providence was ranked 25th by the NSCAA and 23rd by Soccer America. Currently, the Friars are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.

    Fantastic First Ten
    At 7-1-2, the Friars suffered just one loss in their first 10 games of the season. The last time Providence made it through 10 games with just one loss was 2007, when it opened the year with a 4-1-5 mark. The last time the Friars posted at least seven wins in their first 10 games was 2006, when they posted an 8-2-0 mark to start the year. 

    Unbeaten Start
    After posting a win at Boston University on Sept. 20, the Friars went undefeated in their first seven games of the season (5-0-2), marking their best start to a season since opening 2005 with a 4-0-5 mark. In addition, Providence opened the year on a three-match winning streak for the first time since 1993, when it started the year 4-0-0.

    Ocean State Soccer Classic Co-Champions
    With Brown and Providence playing to a 1-1 tie on Sunday (Sept. 8), the two teams ended the tournament as co-champions after each squad accumulated four points on a win and a tie. Rhode Island placed third with three points, while Bryant finished fourth. The Friars have played for the title in each of the four seasons that the tournament has been contested between Rhode Island’s four NCAA Div. I men’s soccer teams.

    Ocean State Soccer Classic Championship Games
    2010: Providence College 1, Brown 1 (Providence, R.I./at Brown)*
    2011: Providence College 1, Rhode Island 0 (Kingston, R.I./ot)
    2012: Brown 1, Providence College 0 (Kingston, R.I.)
    2013: Providence College 1, Brown 1 (Providence, R.I./at Providence College)^
    * - Providence won PK’s(5-4)  to take OSSC title
    ^ - Predetermined matchups used for tournament (no PK’s)

    Captains Named
    Head Coach Craig Stewart announced on Aug. 21 that red-shirt senior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.), senior Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) and red-shirt junior Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) have been named team captains for the 2013 season.

    Up Next
    After the Villanova and Xavier road matches, the Friars end the regular season at home with a pair of home games against Butler (Nov. 2) and Creighton (Nov. 8).

    2013 Providence College Award Winners
    Brandon Adler
    - Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)
    Manny Andrade
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 14)
    Wilder Arboleda
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 2)
    Anthony Baumann
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 16)
    - BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 7)
    - Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week (Oct. 8)
    Keasel Broome
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 9)
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 7)
    Jeff Kilday
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 23)
    Julian Gressel
    - BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Sept. 2)
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 30)
    Phil Towler
    - Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 9)
    - Ocean State Soccer Classic Co-Most Outstanding Player (Sept. 9)
    Dominik Machado
    - Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)
    Fabio Machado
    - BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 23)
    Markus Naglestad
    - Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)