Men's Soccer Eyes Villanova

Oct. 26, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

The Providence College men’s soccer team squares off with BIG EAST foe Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Villanova, Pa.

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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. Villanova
First Meeting: Providence- 2, Villanova- 0 (1984)
Last Meeting: Providence- 3, Villanova- 1 (2016)
All-Time Series: 13-11-2

Scouting the Wildcats
Villanova enters Saturday’s contest with an 7-9-0 overall record and a 2-5-0 BIG EAST mark. Most recently, the Wildcats fell to St. John’s, 2-1, in an overtime match on Wednesday (Oct. 25). Their league wins came against Marquette (Sept. 16) and Xavier (Oct. 7). Senior Lucas Hodges leads the team offensively with 13 points on five goals and three assists. Andreas Bartosinski and Theo Quartey both have eight points, on three goals and two assists. In net, Will Steiner has played all 16 games. He holds a goals against average of 1.27 and a save percentage of .741.

Scouting the Friars
The Friars hold a 4-7-4 overall record and a 1-2-4 record in the BIG EAST. The team is coming off of consecutive 0-0 draws with Creighton (Oct. 21) and Georgetown (Oct. 25). Colin Miller (Bel Air, Md.) made eight total saves en route to the back-to-back shutouts. Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) leads the team with 19 points on three goals and eight assists. Joao Serrano (Evora, Portugal) has eight points on two goals and four assists. Matt DePerro (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) is the only other Friar with multiple goals. He has two goals and an assist for five points. In net, Miller enters the game with a 4-5-4 record, a .754 save percentage and a 1.05 goals against average. Thirteen different Friars have recorded at least a point so far in 2017. Overall, the team is averaging 1.20 goals scored per game and 12.8 shots per game.

Battle Tested
The Friars are no strangers to overtime, as their tie against Georgetown was the seventh time they have played more than 90 minutes this season. It was also the second consecutive game to end in a 0-0 tie. In overtime this year, the Friars hold a 2-1-4 record. The four ties are all 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 4.27 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 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 five of the last six matches at right back, totaling 416 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.

Up Next
The Friars conclude the regular season on Nov. 1 when they 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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