Kahle's Blog

Oct. 25, 2010

The Friars took to the air this week and traveled up to Milwaukee to take on Marquette University. Anywhere in the Big East is a tough place to go and get a result. Flying out for a midweek game is about as tough as it gets. Providence went to Marquette and found a way to hold a shut out for over 108 minutes. This was enough time for the Providence attack to get on the board. Marc Cintron played a well-weighted through ball to Giuseppe Guerriero, who made a fantastic diagonal run behind the center back. With his first touch Guerriero slotted the ball underneath a sprawling Marquette goalkeeper for an overtime victory that gave the Friars their first Big East victory and an extremely important three points in the league.

Providence then came home in preparation for a home game versus Pittsburgh. Every game is significant in the Big East, but this game held a greater importance. Coming into the match Pittsburgh was sitting on five points in the Big East while Providence only had four. Both teams had the same amount of games left and both teams could jump into a stronger hold on a playoff spot with a win. The game was a battle. Providence scored early when Guerriero factored in once again with a fantastic touch off a long ball from Jhojan Obando. The touch found Andrew Sousa's feet who did well to beat a defender and then score his first goal of the season. The Friars looked to be the better side throughout the game. They controlled the tempo and dominated possession. Even without many shots, Pittsburgh kept finding themselves with corner kicks. In the second half, one paid off as they tied the score 1-1. From then on, the game became a bit of a dogfight. It was a battle that saw many missed chances, but Providence still found a way to win. Matt Marcin hit a strike off the left post and in with seven minutes left that put the Friars on top for good.



The two wins put Providence back in contention for a Big East playoff spot and keep them in control of their own destiny, something that the Friars could not say after last weekend. The Friars now have seven points in the Big East and sit ahead of Pittsburgh and Seton Hall in the sixth playoff spot. It is up to the team to continue their good form with a win at Seton Hall on Wednesday to keep them ahead of the game and hopefully put a lock on a playoff berth.
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