Nov. 2, 2010
This week, the Friars continued their good form with two decisive victories. The first was on the road at Seton Hall University. A win on that Wednesday night would clinch a Big East playoff spot for Providence and a win is what the Friars achieved. It was a muggy and rainy game on a big turf field that is difficult for any opposing team to play on. Andrew Sousa scored midway through the first half with a powerful volley that put the Friars up 1-0. Unfortunately, the Friars scored an own goal just 58 seconds into the second half. It is moments like these when a team is really challenged: away from home, on a different surface, after a devastating blow to team momentum. Providence responded well and battled to get control of the game back. Sousa then scored again in the 55th minute to give Providence the lead for good. The win clinched a playoff berth and kept the Friars' winning streak alive.
Providence then returned home for a game versus West Virginia that held huge importance in bettering the Friars' NCAA tournament resume. They played a big, physical and athletic West Virginia team that made it very difficult for the Friars to possess the ball. Still, Providence kept fighting and grinding and eventually broke through when Matt Marcin headed home a cross from Daniel Fabian that put the Friars ahead, 1-0. The game opened up a bit in the second half when West Virginia pushed numbers forward to try to get an equalizer. The Friars defense held strong and kept the shutout.
The Friars will play Villanova in the opening round of the Big East Tournament. This was decided by a coin flip because USF and Villanova were tied in all of the seven tie breaker categories. The Friars have shown that they can win on the road and this is another opportunity for the team to better their NCAA Tournament and take another step towards a Big East Championship!