Nov. 1, 2011
The Providence College men’s soccer team will play Louisville on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium in the BIG EAST Championship First Round. Providence (10-6-1) placed fifth in the BIG EAST Blue Division, while Louisville (10-5-2) finished in fourth place of the Red Division. The game will be a rematch of last season’s BIG EAST Championship finals which ended in a 1-1 double overtime draw, but the Cardinals won the penalty kick shootout to claim the championship. The winner of Thursday’s match will travel to face Marquette on Sunday, November 6 at 2:05 p.m.
Providence is 4-1 in its last five matches, including a 2-1 win over No. 19 Georgetown on Saturday, October 29 to close out the regular season. After Georgetown took a 1-0 lead in the eighth, the Friars scored twice within a 3:10 span to take a 2-1 halftime lead. Sophomore Greg Davis (Jamaica, N.Y.) evened the match in the 12th minute as he netted his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Senior John Raley (St. Inigoes, Md.) assisted on the goal. Freshman Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) then equaled Davis’ team lead in goals as he also scored his sixth of the season to put the Friars ahead for good in the 15th minute. Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando (Kissimmee, Fla.) totaled five saves, including four in the second half.
Ugarte leads the Friars with 15 points, while Davis is second with 14 points. Junior Marc Cintron (Piscataway, N.J.) has 10 points on three goals and a team-high four assists. Obando has started every match for the Friars and has a 1.06 goals against average and six shutouts.
The Cardinals are unbeaten (2-0-1) in their last three games, including two consecutive victories to complete the regular season. On Saturday, October 29, Louisville battled the snow and posted a 2-0 win at Villanova. Buck Tufty and Nick DeLeon each scored for the Cardinals, while goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux made five saves. DeLeon leads the team in scoring with 13 points on four goals and five assists, while Colin Rolfe is second with 12 points on three goals and six assists. Boudreaux has played in every match has nine shutouts.
Providence is 1-2-2 all-time against Louisville, including a 0-1-1 mark last season. In 2010, the Cardinals defeated the Friars, 2-1, on September 25 in Providence. The two teams also met in the BIG EAST Championship title game at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Prior to last season, the two programs had met once in the BIG EAST Tournament. In 2006, the Friars defeated the Cardinals, 2-0, in the first round.
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