Men's Soccer To Play Creighton On Friday

Phil Towler

Nov. 5, 2013


The Providence College men’s soccer team will host Creighton in the final regular-season BIG EAST match of the season at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at the turf field located at the Ray Treacy Track.

The Friars (5-3-0 BIG EAST) enter the match in fourth place in the league standings, while Creighton is in fifth (4-3-1 BIG EAST). A win or a tie by Providence would ensure a home BIG EAST Quarterfinal match on Tuesday, Nov. 12 as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will host home quarterfinal matches.   

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Series History vs. Creighton
First Meeting: at Creighton 3, PC 0 (2011)
All-Time Series: Creighton leads, 1-0-0

Scouting The Bluejays
Creighton enters Friday with a 9-6-2 overall record (4-3-1 BIG EAST) and it has won its last two games. On Oct. 30, the Bluejays posted a 2-0 home win over Drake and then last Saturday Creighton closed out its regular-season home schedule with a 5-1 win over DePaul. The Bluejays head to Providence with a 2-4-1 record in road matches.

Timo Pitter leads the team with 18 points on a team-high seven goals and four assists. Fabian Herbers is second on the team with 10 points on three goals and four assists. All told, four Bluejays are tied for the team lead with four assists, while 14 players have at least two points on the season.



In net, Connor Sparrow has played in five games while Alex Bolowich has seen action in 13. Sparrow is 2-1-1 on the year with a 0.21 goals against average and a .909 save percenateg to go along with three shutouts, while Bolowich is 7-5-1 on the year with a 1.20 goals against average and a .765 save percentage. He has two shutouts on the season. The duo split last week’s pair of wins, with Sparrow shutting out Drake and Bolowich earning the victory over DePaul.

Friday will mark the final five regular-season BIG EAST games and several teams still are playing for playoff spots or positioning.  Marquette enters the day in control of its own destiny as a victory over DePaul would give the Golden Eagles the regular-season championship and a bye to the BIG EAST semifinals.


Other teams in the mix for the top seed and at least a share of the regular-season title include Xavier and Georgetown. If Marquette were to lose or tie, Butler would claim the title and top seed with a victory over Butler. To claim the top seed and a share of the regular season title, Georgetown would need to beat Villanova and also have DePaul beat Marquette and Butler beat Xavier.

With a win or a tie, Providence would at least claim the No. 4 (could also finish No. 3) and host a quarterfinal match. Creighton would jump to fourth with a win over Providence and host a quarterfinal match.

Butler (nine points), Villanova (nine points), Seton Hall (nine points) and St. John’s (eight points) all have designs on the final playoff spot

BIG EAST Playoff Overview
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.

Last Week
The Friars posted a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Butler at home on Nov. 2 to clinch a berth in the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament. Trailing 1-0 in the second half, Providence evened the game at 1-1 on a give-and-go connection between junior Fabio Machado (Santa Caterina, Brazil) and freshman Julian Gressel(Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany) that Machado finished for his third goal of the season.

The Friars took a 2-1 lead in the 63rd minute when freshman Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) buried a free kick from the top of the 18-yard box for his second goal of the season. Providence increased its lead to 3-1 in the 77th minute when freshman Nick Sailor (Bloomfield, Conn.) finished a feed from sophomore Manny Andrade (Boston, Mass.).

Friar Offensive Category Leaders
Goals: Julian Gressel (4), Anthony Baumann (3), Fabio Machado (3)
Assists: Julian Gressel (4), Dominik Machado (3), Manny Andrade (3)
Points: Julian Gressel (12), Anthony Baumann (8)
Shots: Julian Gressel (43), Fabio Machado (31), Markus Naglestad (28)
Shots on Goal: Fabio Machado (17), Julian Gressel (15), Markus Naglestad (11), Mac Steeves (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.

Steeves Coming On Strong
After playing in just one of the Friars first 10 games this season, freshman forward Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) has come on strong over the last six games. He has two goals and an assist for five points in those six games and put a team high 11 shots on goal.  

Steeves was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Oct. 28) after helping the Friars to a 2-1 victory over Villanova (10/23) by assisting on classmate Dom Machado's (Attleborough, Mass.) overtime game-winning goal. Earlier in the week, 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.

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)

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.

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)
- BIG EAST Honor Roll (Nov. 4)

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