BIG EAST Semifinal Game Notes
Nov. 14, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men’s soccer team is prepared to face first-seeded #7/8 Georgetown in the BIG EAST Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.
Providence In The Semis
Providence has reached the BIG EAST Semifinal round seven times in the history of its conference tournament appearances. In seven games, the Friars have posted a record of 2-4-1. Providence’s two semifinal wins came against Cincinnati in 2010 (2-1) and Villanova in 1984 (2-0).
he winner of the semifinal match between first-seeded Georgetown and fourth-seeded Providence will face the winner of second-seeded Marquette and sixth-seeded Butler in the BIG EAST Championship Final on Sunday, Nov. 17 in a 12:30 p.m. kick-off. The game will be aired live on FOX Sports 2.
BIG EAST Final Appearances
The Friars have reached the BIG EAST Finals two times, with their most recent trip coming in 2010. That year, the Friars played to a 2-2 tie versus Louisville in regulation. After two scoreless overtime periods, the match was decided in a shootout. Louisville beat the Friars in PK’s, 3-2. Providence’s other championship appearance came in 1984 when the Friars fell to Connecticut, 1-0.
The first-seeded Hoyas enter Friday night’s match-up after earning a bye for the quarterfinal round. Georgetown carries an overall record of 13-4-1 (8-1-1 BIG EAST). Georgetown’s only loss in the BIG EAST regular season came at St. John’s, when the Hoyas fell to the Red Storm, 1-0.
Steve Neumann tops the Hoyas’ scoring column with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. Brandon Allen ranks second in scoring with 25 points on a team-best 11 goals and three assists. Georgetown has outscored its opponents by a margin of 27 (36-9). In addition, the Hoyas have generated nearly double the amount of shots that their opponents have, 228-198.
Tomas Gomez has played 1570:23 minutes in goal and has tallied 52 saves for a .867 saves percentage. Gomez has collected 10 shutouts on the season. Keon Parsa has seen 91:33 minutes in goal and has posted a record of 1-0-0 with 7 saves. Georgetown’s keepers and backline have combined for 12 shutouts on the season.
Providence And Georgetown In BIG EAST Tournament Play
The Friars and Hoyas have yet to meet in the semifinal round of the BIG EAST tournament. The two teams have competed in two quarterfinal match-ups, with the series even at 1-1. In the 2010 quarterfinal tilt, the fifth seeded Friars defeated the first-seeded Hoyas, 2-1. That year the Friars advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game where they fell to Louisville in PK’s 3-2. In the 1998 meeting, the Friars fell to the Hoyas, 1-0.
Regular Season Match-Up
Providence hosted Georgetown in the regular season match-up on Oct. 9. Then 23rd ranked Providence fell to then third ranked Georgetown, 1-0. The Friars and Hoyas battled back and forth in the first 45 minutes of play. Providence was successful in generating possessions in their offensive third and out shot Georgetown, 8-4, landing three of its shots on frame. Neither the Friars nor the Hoyas were able to find the back of the net, and the game was even at 0-0 headed into the second half. In the 49th minute, the Friars nearly earned their way onto the scoreboard. Markus Naglestad serviced a corner that junior Brandon Adler headed just above Georgetown’s crossbar.
Georgetown took a 1-0 lead in the 69th minute when Bakie Goodman finished a strike from inside the 18-yard box. Teammate Tyler Rudy dished Goodman a feed that Goodman was able to bury near post. The remainder of the game was scoreless as the Hoya’s held on for the win.
All-Time Series Versus Georgetown
Providence and Georgetown first met in 1990. In 26 games with the Hoyas, Georgetown leads Providence in the all-time series, 13-12-1. In the last five meetings with the Hoyas, Providence has posted a record of 3-2. This season, the Friars hosted Georgetown on Nov. 9. The Hoyas edged the Friars 1-0 in a back-and-forth match-up at Glay Field in Providence, R.I.
Providence has competed with the Hoyas in two quarterfinal match-ups in the BIG EAST Tournament. In 2010, the Friars defeated Georgetown, 2-1 and in 1998, the Friars fell to the Hoyas, 1-0.
2013 BIG EAST Championship Overview
The quarterfinal round of the BIG EAST Tournament was held on campus sites on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The first-seeded Georgetown Hoyas and the second-seeded Marquette Golden Eagles received a bye to the semifinal round. The third-seeded Xavier Musketeers hosted the sixth-seeded Butler Bulldogs. Butler came up with a 1-0 win on the road to clinch a spot in the BIG EAST Semifinals. Fourth-seeded Providence College hosted fifth-seed Creighton. The Friars defeated the Bluejays, 2-1 to advance to the semifinal round.
The semifinal round will be hosted at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday, Nov. 15. Providence will face first-seeded Georgetown in a 6:00 p.m. tilt and Butler will play second-seeded Marquette in a night cap beginning at 8:30 p.m.
The championship game will kick-off on FOX Sports 2 at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.
BIG EAST Quarterfinal Recap
The Providence College men’s soccer team hosted Creighton in the first BIG EAST quarterfinal match on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Providence, R.I. With a minute remaining in the first half, the Friars gained control of the ball in the midfield. With the half coming to a close, junior Markus Naglestad fed senior Wilder Arboleda a pass that he struck from the top of the 18 yard box. Arboleda’s strike beat Creighton’s keeper to the far side and reached the back of the net to give the Friars a 1-0 advantage headed into the break (44:50). The strike marked Arboleda’s third goal of the season.
Freshman Dominick Machado notched what proved to be the game-winner in the 64th minute to give the Friars a 2-0 lead. Arboleda placed a through ball to Machado in Creighton’s box, which he buried nearside. The finish to the lower right corner marked Machado’s third goal on the season.
Creighton pulled within one goal of Providence, 2-1, in the 87th minute when Eric DeJulio headed in a corner kick taken by teammate Bruno Castro. It was as close as the Bluejays would get, and the Friars held on to their 2-1 lead until the end of regulation.
In the second quarterfinal match, third-seeded Xavier hosted Butler. Freshman David Goldsmith scored the game-winning goal for the Bulldogs in the 28th minute. His 12th goal of the season came off an assist from senior Jordan Burt. Goldsmith buried the shot into the left corner of the goal. Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson turned in a gem between the pipes. He saved four Xavier shots in a full 90 minutes of action.
Wins from the Friars and Bulldogs in the first round secured each of the two teams a spot in the BIG EAST Semifinals. Providence will face top-seeded Georgetown at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, followed by a night cap between Marquette and Butler set to kick off at 8:30 p.m. at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.
All-Time Versus Marquette
Providence and Marquette first met in 2006. In eight meetings, the Friars lead the all-time series, 8-3. In the last five meetings, the Friars have posted a record of 2-3. The Friars and Golden Eagles last met on Oct. 19 in Providence, R.I. where Providence fell to Marquette, 1-0. Marquette enters Friday’s game with an overall record of 10-5-2 (6-2-1 BIG EAST). The Friars and Golden Eagles have yet to compete in a BIG EAST Tournament match.
All-Time Versus Butler
Providence hosted Butler in its first meeting in program history this season on Nov. 11 when the Friars defeated the Bulldogs, 3-2. In their inaugural season in the BIG EAST Conference, Butler posted an overall record of 11-7-1, including a 4-5-0 mark in conference play.
Regular Season Turn Around
The Friars posted a 11-4-2 (6-3-0 BIG EAST) regular-season record a season removed from going 4-10-2. Providence tied for third in the BIG EAST standings and earned the fourth seed in the BIG EAST Championship. The last time the Friars had 11 wins in a regular season was 2006, when they went 11-5-0.
NCAA Championship History
Providence has made six NCAA Tournament appearances. In six appearances, the Friars have posted a 3-3 record in the first round. The Friars’ first trip to the NCAA Tournament came in 1983 when they travelled to Storrs, Conn. for a match-up with Connecticut. The Huskies defeated the Friars, 2-0.
The Friars advanced to the second round of the tournament in 2005, 2010 and 2011. In 2005, the Friars defeated Hofstra 1-0 in overtime to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Friars fell to then ranked #4 North Carolina, 2-1. In 2010, the Friars hosted Saint Peter’s in the first round where they topped the Peacocks, 6-2. The Friars fell to then ranked #16 Ohio State in the second round, 2-1. The Friars most recent trip to the tournament came in 2011 when the Friars defeated Dartmouth in the first round, 1-0. They advanced to play UC Santa Barbara in the second round where they fell to the Gauchos, 3-2.
The 2013 NCAA Div. I men’s soccer selection show is Monday, Nov. 18 at noon on NCAA.com. Fort-eight teams will make the postseason field, with the top-16 teams earning first round byes.
2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Schedule
Selection Show: Nov. 18 – Noon ET (NCAA.com) First Round: Nov. 21 – Campus Sites Second Round: Nov. 24 – Campus Sites Third Rounds: Dec. 1 – Campus Sites Quarterfinals: Dec. 6, 7 or 8 – Campus Sites College Cup: Dec. 13 & 15 – PPL Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
Friar Offensive Category Leaders
Goals: Anthony Baumann (4), Julian Gressel (4) Assists: Julian Gressel (4), Dominik Machado (3), Manny Andrade (3)
Points: Julian Gressel (12), Anthony Baumann (10), Dominik Machado (9)
Shots: Julian Gressel (51), Fabio Machado (33), Markus Naglestad (22)
Shots on Goal: Fabio Machado (18), Julian Gressel (17), Mac Steeves (15), Markus Naglestad(13)
Providence vs. Ranked Opponents
The Friars are 2-2-1 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, a 1-0 loss at home to No. 20/25 Marquette and a 2-1 win over No. 25 Creighton.
Steeves Coming On Strong
After playing in just one of the Friars’ first 10 games this season, freshman forward Mac Steeves has come on strong over the last eight games. He has three goals and an assist for five points in those eight games for a total of 10 points.
Steeves was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Oct. 28 and Nov. 11 after helping the Friars to a 2-1 victory over Villanova (10/23) and a 3-2 win over Creighton (11/8) to secure the Friars home field advantage in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals.
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.
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.