Men's Soccer Set To Host Creighton In BIG EAST Quarterfinals

Wilder Arboleda and the Friars have now qualified for three of the past four BIG EAST Tournaments.

Nov. 10, 2013 | BIG EAST Championship Tournament Bracket

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The fourth-seeded Providence College men’s soccer team will host fifth-seeded Creighton in the first round of the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the turf field located at the Ray Treacy Track in Providence, R.I.

The Friars (6-3-0 BIG EAST) finished tied for third in the regular season standings, while Creighton finished in fifth place with a conference record of 4-4-1. The Friars defeated Creighton, 2-1, on Friday, Nov. 8 in an afternoon match-up to secure home field advantage in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament. 

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Series History vs. Creighton
First Meeting: at Creighton 3, PC 0 (2011)
Last Meeting: PC 2, Creighton 1 (Nov. 8, 2013)
All-Time Series: Tied, 1-1-0 

Scouting The Bluejays
Creighton enters Tuesday afternoon’s match-up with an overall record of 9-7-2 including a 4-4-1 record in conference play. The Bluejays enter the match as the fifth seed. Creighton last competed on Friday, Nov. 8 when the Bluejays fell to the Friars, 2-1, in their final regular season game. Myles Englis tallied Creighton’s lone goal in the 79th minute on a feed from Jose Ribas. The two teams were competing for home field advantage in the first round of the conference tournament.

Timo Pitter leads the Bluejays with 18 points on a team-high seven goals and four assists. He has generated 48 shots on the season including 19 on goal for a .396 shots on goal percentage.  Fabian Herbers ranks second on the team in scoring with ten points on three goals and four assists.

In net, Connor Sparrow has played in five games while Alex Bolowich has seen action in 14. Sparrow is 2-1-1 on the year with a 0.21 goals against average and a .909 save percentage to go along with three shutouts, while Bolowich is 7-6-1 on the year with a 1.25 goals against average and a .766 save percentage. He has two shutouts on the season. 

Friday, Nov. 8 marked the final day of regular season play for the members of the BIG EAST Conference. The top-six teams clinched a spot in the 2013 BIG EAST Championship Tournament.

Georgetown (6-2-1 BIG EAST) and Marquette (6-2-1 BIG EAST) finished first and second, respectively. Xavier finished as the number three seed with a conference record of 6-3-0 (18 points). Providence also finished with a BIG EAST record of 6-3-0 but lost in the head-to-head tiebreaker with Xavier to claim the fourth seed. Creighton (4-4-1 BIG EAST) and Butler (4-5-0) rounded out the top-six teams as the fifth and sixth seeds, respectively. 

BIG EAST Playoff Overview
The BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship will begin with the opening round at campus sites on Nov. 12. The top six teams in the conference qualified for the championship. The No. 3 seed Xavier will host the No. 6 seed Butler and the No. 4 seed Providence will host the No. 5 seed Creighton in the opening round. The top two seeds, Georgetown and Marquette, have received 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. Fox Sports 2 will broadcast the championship live. 

Providence In BIG EAST Tournament Play
Providence has clinched a position in the BIG EAST Championship Tournament in nine out of the last 11 seasons. The Friars’ last tournament appearance came in 2011 when they traveled to fourth-seeded Louisville for the quarterfinal round, when they fell to the Cardinals, 5-0, as the No. 5 seed.

Providence last hosted the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament in 2008 when then fourth-seeded Providence defeated fifth-seeded Villanova, 2-1.

Providence made a run to the BIG EAST Championship game in 2010. The fifth0seeded Friars defeated Villanova, Georgetown and Cincinnati before falling to Louisville in the Championship in PK’s.

All-time, the Friars have made the various versions of the BIG EAST tournament 14 times since 1983. Providence is 10-10-4 all-time in BIG EAST Championship tournament play. 

Last Week
The Friars posted a 2-1 win over Creighton on Friday, Nov. 8 to clinch a home game for the first round of the BIG EAST Championship. Prior to the start of the afternoon cap, the members of the class of 2014, Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.), Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.), George Hodge(Dartmouth, Mass.) and Phil Ziegler (East Lyme, Conn.) were honored for their achievements and dedication to the Providence College men's soccer program.

Providence took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute on a goal from senior Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) After a handball in the Creighton box, Baumann buried a penalty shot to give the Friars the 1-0 advantage. Creighton evened the game at 1-1 in the 79th minute when Myles Englis finished a feed from Jose Ribas. Ribas serviced a pass from the left side that Englis collected in the box and put to the back of the net.

In the 84th minute junior Fabio Machado (Santa Catarina, Brazil) ripped a shot from the left side of the 18 that was saved by Creighton's keeper. Freshman Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) trailed the shot and finished the rebound to mark his third goal of the season. Steeves finish served as the game-winner and the Friars held their 2-1 advantage until the end of regulation.

Friar Offensive Category Leaders
Goals: Julian Gressel (4), Anthony Baumann (4), Fabio Machado (3)
Assists: Julian Gressel (4), Dominik Machado (3), Manny Andrade (3)
Points: Julian Gressel (12), Anthony Baumann (10)
Shots: Julian Gressel (47), Fabio Machado (32), Markus Naglestad (29)
Shots on Goal: Fabio Machado (18), Julian Gressel (17), Mac Steeves (14), 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. 

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 seven games. He has three goals and an assist for 10 points in those seven games.

Most recently, Steeves notched the game-winning goal in the Friars 2-1 victory over Creighton (Nov. 8) to secure a home match in the quarter final round of the BIG EAST Tournament.

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 that 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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