Oct. 26, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The men’s soccer team closes out its regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 4:00 p.m. at third-ranked Connecticut. The game will be played at the Huskies’ Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn. The game is sold out (5,100 capacity).
What They Are Playing For
The Friars are fighting for fifth-place in the Blue Division in order to make the BIG EAST Championship field for an eighth straight season. Currently, Seton Hall is tied with the Friars in fifth place with six points (2-5-0). But the Pirates hold the tie-breaker over the Friars as Seton Hall defeated Providence, 2-1 on Oct. 3 in South Orange, N.J. Therefore, the Friars have to finish ahead of Seton Hall in the standings to advance to the Championship field.
The Pirates close out their regular-season slate with a 1:00 p.m. game at Georgetown, also on Saturday, Oct. 27. The fifth-place team in the Blue Division will face the fourth place team in the Red Division on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Connecticut is in a four-way tie for first in the Blue Division.
Last Time Out
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Friars downed third-ranked Connecticut, 1-0, on Senior Day at Glay Field. The loss was just the second of the season for the Huskies, and Providence was the third team to take a lead on them. In the 55th minute, senior Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.) sent a cross into the box that found the foot of sophomore Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.), who sent the ball screaming into the lower right corner of the net. Friar red shirt sophomore goalie Keasal Broome (Claymont, Del.) kept the Friars’ hopes alive in the last 10 minutes of play when he registered two saves to help Providence to the win. It marked the Friars’ first win against the Huskies since 2009.
For the season, red shirt junior Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) leads the squad in both goals (6) and points (13). Jecewiz is second in both categories with three goals and eight points. Junior Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.) leads the team with three assists. In net, Broome has played the majority of the minutes, posting a 1.37 goals against average, 38 saves, a .679 save percentage and a 3-7-2 record.
Around The BIG EAST
In Providence’s BIG EAST Blue Division, Marquette (5-2-0, 14-2-0), Connecticut (5-2-0, 13-2-1), Georgetown (5-2-0, 14-2-1) and Notre Dame (5-2-0, 13-3-0) have all clinched places in the BIG EAST Championship and are battling for seeding. Seton Hall and Providence remain in contention for the fifth and final spot.
In the Red Division, Louisville (6-1-0, 11-4-1) has clinched the Division title and a bye to the quarterfinals. Syracuse (5-2-0, 12-4-0) has also clinched a bye to the quarterfinal round. Cincinnati (3-2-2, 6-7-4), St. John’s (3-3-1, 9-3-4), USF (2-2-3, 8-4-4) and Rutgers (3-4-1, 7-7-1) all remain in contention for the championship field as well.
According to the latest NSCAA coaches poll (Oct.23), six of the 15 BIG EAST teams rank among the top 25 teams in the nation. Connecticut (13-1-1) is No. 3, Marquette (14-1-0) is No. 5, Georgetown (13-2-1) is No.6, Notre Dame (12-3-0) is No. 8, Louisville is No. 14 (10-4-1) and St. John’s (9-3-4) is No.18.
In a series that dates back to 1973, the Friars hold a 6-31-1 all-time mark against the Huskies. Last season on Oct. 12, the Friars fell at top-ranked Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., by a score of 2-1. UConn took a 2-0 lead, but with just under 18 minutes to play the Friars cut the lead to 2-1.
The last time the Friars and Huskies met twice in one season was 2009. In the regular season, UConn posted a 3-0 win in Storrs, Conn. Then, in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals, the Friars posted a 1-0 overtime win at UConn, which had been the last time the Friars had beaten the Huskies prior to Wednesday. On that day in 2009 (which is the last game the Huskies have dropped at home), then junior Matt Marcin scored with 2:06 left in overtime to send the Friars to the BIG EAST semifinals.
With one game to play, Connecticut is in a massive four-way tie for first in the BIG EAST Blue Division with a 5-2-0 BIG EAST record. Overall, UConn enters Saturday’s game with a 13-2-1 mark.
On the season, three Connecticut players have reached double digits in points, led by junior forward Mamadou Diouf’s 11 goals and two assists for 24 points. Senior Carlos Alvarez (6-7-19) and sophomore Allando Matheson (7-1-15). In net, sophomore Andre Blake has started all 16 games for the Huskies, posting a 13-2-1 record, a .850 save percentage and a 0.56 goals against average to go along with 51 saves.
There will be a live webstream of the game through UConnhuskies.com (Click here).
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