Men's Soccer Hosts Butler On Saturday

Keasel Broome has posted four shutouts this season

Oct. 31, 2013


The Providence College men’s soccer team will host Butler in a crucial BIG EAST match at noon on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the turf field located at the Ray Treacy Track.

Saturday will be the second to last regular season game for each team. Providence enters the game fourth in the BIG EAST standings with 12 points (4-3-0), while Butler is tied for sixth with nine points (3-4-0).  

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Series History vs. Butler
Saturday will mark the programs’ first all-time meeting.

Scouting The Bulldogs
Butler enters Saturday with a 9-6-1 record (3-4-0 BIG EAST) and are tied with Villanova and Seton Hall for sixth in the BIG EAST standings. The Bulldogs got off to a fast start to the season, going 8-2-1 over its first 11 games, but have posted a 1-4-0 mark over the past five contests. Last week, Butler dropped BIG EAST decisions to Creighton (3-2) and St. John’s (1-0).

Freshman forward David Goldsmith leads the Butler offense with 22 points, including a team-high 10 goals and two assists. Goldsmith’s 10 goals are tied for the most by a BIG EAST player this season with the Georgetown duo of Steve Neumann and Brandon Allen. Sophomore midfielder Jeff Adkins is one of four Bulldogs with at least 10 points and has a team-high eight assists.



In net, senior Jon Dawson has played the majority of the minutes for Butler and posted an 8-6-1 record including four shutouts. He carries a 1.49 goals against average and a .760 save percentage.

Steeves Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
Freshman forward Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the conference on Monday, Oct. 28.

Steeves helped the Friars to a 2-1 victory over Villanova (10/23) when he assisted classmate Dom Machado's (Attleborough, Mass.) overtime game-winning goal. In addition, Steeves tallied his first goal as a Friar on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Providence's 2-1 loss at Xavier. He finished the week with three points on one goal and one assist, marking his first three collegiate points.

Last Week
The Friars split a pair of BIG EAST road decisions, posting a 2-1 overtime win at Villanova (Oct. 23) and losing 2-1 at Xavier (Oct. 26).

Late in double overtime against the Wildcats, freshman midfielder Dom Machado sent a shot into the upper left corner of the net to lift the Friars to the win. Machado’s game winner was scored at 107:48 while Providence was playing with 10 men following a red card. Steeves registered an assist on the play for his first career point as a Friar.

Against Xavier, The Friars pulled within one, 2-1, in the 54rd minute with a goal from Steeves. Gressel fed Steeves a pass that he buried from six yards out to notch his first collegiate goal.

Friar Offensive Category Leaders
Goals: Julian Gressel (4), Anthony Baumann (3)
Assists: Dominik Machado (3), Julian Gressel (3)
Points: Julian Gressel (11), Anthony Baumann (8), Dominik Machado (7)
Shots: Julian Gressel (43), Fabio Machado (29), Markus Naglestad (26)
Shots on Goal: Fabio Machado (16), Julian Gressel (15), Markus Naglestad (11)

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.

All 10 BIG EAST teams have two dates of BIG EAST play remaining before the playoffs including Saturday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 8. Georgetown and Marquette enter the weekend tied atop the standings with 16 points, followed by Xavier with 15 points.  

The Friars are fourth in the standings with 12 points. Between fourth and sixth place, there are five teams separated by just three points. DePaul has been eliminated from the playoff picture, while St. John’s has been eliminated from hosting a playoff game or getting a bye to the semifinals.

The other Saturday matches include Xavier at Villanova, DePaul at Creighton, St. John’s at Georgetown and Seton Hall at Marquette.

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
The Friars end the regular season at home against 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)
Mac Steeves
- BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Oct. 28)

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