Men’s Soccer Travels to Xavier for BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal

Nov. 2, 2017

Quarterfinal Notes vs. Xavier Get Acrobat Reader

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men’s soccer team will face Xavier University in the BIG EAST Tournament First Round on Saturday, Nov. 4. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. at XU Soccer Complex.

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How to Watch
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. Xavier
First Meeting: Providence- 1, Xavier- 2 (2013)
Last Meeting: Providence- 1, Xavier- 4 (Sept. 30, 2017)
All-Time Series: 3-2-1

Scouting the Musketeers
Xavier finished the regular season with a 10-5-2 overall record and a 5-4-0 record in conference play. Most recently, the Musketeers fell to Butler by a score of 2-1. Simen Hestnes scored the lone goal for Xavier. Prior to the loss, the Musketeers were on a three-game winning streak with wins against Marquette (Oct. 21), DePaul (Oct. 25) and Seton Hall (Oct. 28). Xavier has compiled a 7-1-0 record on its home pitch. The team averages 1.82 goals per game and 12.6 shots per game.

The Musketeers have five different players in double-digit scoring this season. Hestnes (six goals, six assists) and senior Matt Vasquenza (seven goals, four assists) lead the way with 18 points. Samson Sergi is tied with Vasquenza for a team-leading seven goals. Taylor Cameron has 16 points off six goals and four assists. Junior Colin Hanley has played the last four games in net for the Musketeers. He holds a 0.99 goals against average and a .636 save percentage with a 3-1-0 record.

Scouting the Friars
The Friars finished the regular season with a 5-7-5 mark and 2-2-5 BIG EAST record. Providence is unbeaten in its last seven matches, dating back to Oct. 7. In that stretch, the Friars have a 3-0-4 record. The team is coming off of a 0-0 draw against St. John’s on Senior Night (Nov. 1). Colin Miller (Bel Air, Md.) made five saves in the shutout victory. He was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for the second consecutive week on Nov. 2.

Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) leads the team with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Joao Serrano (Evora, Portugal) has eight points on two goals and four assists. Redshirt freshman Matt DePerro has three goals and one assist for seven points. In net, Miller enters the game with a 5-5-5 record, a .784 save percentage and a 0.97 goals against average. Thirteen different Friars have recorded at least a point. Overall, the team is averaging 1.18 goals scored per game and 12.5 shots-per-game.

Last Time Against Xavier
The Friars fell by a score of 4-1 at Xavier during the regular season (Sept. 30). The Musketeers scored four first-half goals, including two from Samson Sergi in the opening five minutes of play. Mac Steeves scored the Friars’ lone goal off a penalty kick in the 16th minute. Zach Nelson made six saves in goal for the Musketeers. Miller did not make a save in the match, as all four Xavier shots on goal resulted in goals.

Battle Tested
The Friars are no strangers to overtime, as their recent tie against St. John’s was the eighth time they have played more than 90 minutes this season. It was also the fourth game this season to end in a 0-0 tie. In overtime this year, the Friars hold a 2-1-5 record. The five ties are all in BIG EAST matches.

Miller Peaking
Colin Miller is finding his rhythm late in the season. He has been named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the week in the last two consecutive weeks. In the Friars’ seven-game unbeaten streak, the redshirt junior has allowed only five goals. He has also earned three of his five shutouts this season in that stretch. Overall, he holds a 0.97 goals against average (fourth in BIG EAST), a .784 save percentage (fourth in BIG EAST)

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 4.12 shots per game. He is fourth in both goals scored (eight) and points (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.

Up Next
With a win, the Friars would advance to the BIG EAST Semifinals. That game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m. It would be against Butler at the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl.

2017 Providence College Award Winners
Colin Miller
- BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week: 10/30/17
- BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week: 11/2/17

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! -

The Last Meeting
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September 30, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio
Men’s Soccer Downed at Xavier
The Providence College men’s soccer team fell to BIG EAST rival Xavier, 4-1, on Saturday night at XU Soccer Complex.


 

 

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