Nov. 16, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -
The Providence College men's soccer team will face second-seeded Marquette in the BIG EAST Championship game on Sunday, Nov. 17 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the game will be aired live on FOX Sports 2.
Friars Compete For First BIG EAST Title In Program History
Fourth-seeded Providence will compete for its first BIG EAST Title in program history when it faces second-seeded Marquette 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.
Marquette enters the BIG EAST Finals as the second seed with an overall record of 11-5-2 (6-2-1 BIG EAST). As the number two seed, Marquette received a bye for the quarterfinal round. The Golden Eagles have earned a spot for the title after beating Butler 1-0 in the semifinal round.
C. Norty leads the Golden Eagles with 20 points on a team-high nine goals and two assists. Louis Bennett II ranks second on the team in scoring with 12 points on four goals and four assists. Marquette has out shot its opponents 281-226 and holds an advantage over its opponents in goals, 26-15.
Charlie Lyon has played all 1691:41 minutes in goal for Marquette and has tallied nine shutouts. Lyon has tallied 70 saves and posted a .824 saves percentage. He was named Co-Goalkeeper of the Year at the BIG EAST banquet held on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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.
Providence And Marquette In BIG EAST Tournament Play Sunday's BIG EAST Championship game will be the first meeting between Providence and Marquette in BIG EAST Tournament play.
Regular Season Match-Up Providence hosted then ranked 20th Marquette on Oct. 19 at the turf field located at Ray Treacy Track in Providence, R.I. The Friars found themselves on the disappointing side of the result, despite outshooting the Golden Eagles, 18-10, and holding a 10-7 edge in corner kicks. Marquette scored what proved to be the game winner in the 73rd minute of play as Louis Bennett II bent a shot into the far top corner of the goal from outside the box. Kelmend Islami earned the assist on the play.
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 was hosted at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday, Nov. 15. Providence defeated first-seeded Georgetown in PK's and Marquette topped Butler in overtime, 1-0.
The championship game between second-seeded Marquette and fourth-seeded Providence will kick-off on FOX Sports 2 at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.
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).
BIG EAST Semifinal Overview
The BIG EAST Semifinal round was held at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa. First-seeded Georgetown faced fourth-seeded Providence in the first game (6:00 p.m.) After a scoreless 90 minutes of play, the match was sent into overtime. Both the Friars and Hoyas generated several scoring opportunities, but neither was able to find the back of the net. After two scoreless 10 minute overtime periods the game was sent to me decided from the penalty spot.
Providence paced the tempo of the second overtime period. The Friars generated four shots and moved the ball well in transition. The final strokes of the clock expired and the BIG EAST Semifinal match was sent to be decided from the penalty spot.
Broome and Tomas Gomez protected the nets for Providence and Georgetown, respectively. Freshman Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) was first to shoot for the Friars. Steeves buried his strike to the lower left corner past Gomez. Steve Neumann was first up for Georegtown and placed his strike in the same spot as Steeves to even the PK's at 1-1. Gressel was next to shoot for the Friars and placed a strike chest high to the right side to make the Friars 2-for-2 from the penalty spot. Alex Muyl was second to shoot for the Hoyas and launched his strike over the net, the Friars took a 2-1 lead. Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) was next up for the Friars and his strike to the lower left corner was stopped by Gomez. Brandon Allen evened the PK's at 2-2 with a strike to the upper left corner. Naglestad was next to the penalty spot for Providence and buried his strike to the right corner (3-2). Gabe Padilla landed his strike to the lower right corner to even the PK round at 3-3. Fifth for Providence was Wilder Arboleda who buried his strike to the upper right corner. Fifth for Georgetown was Ted Helfrich whose strike found the back of the net. Thomas Ballenthinstepped up as the sixth shooter for the Friars, he finished his shot to the left side. Georgetown's Joshua Yaro stepped up to the penalty spot as the Hoya's sixth shooter. His strike to the left side was saved by Broome to give the Friars the victory.
Second-seeded Marquette and sixth-seeded Butler competed in the second semifinal match (8:30 p.m.) which was also decided in extra time. With the game even at 0-0 the night cap was sent to overtime. In the 98th minute, Marquette's Adam Lysak tallied the strike that would secure the Golden Eagles a place in the BIG EAST Championship. Lysak placed a rebound from a Louis Bennett II strike on the top shelf to notch the game-winner.
Adler, Gressel and Towler Receive BIG EAST Accolades
Juniors Brandon Adler (Montville, N.J.) and Phil Towler (Cumbria, England) and freshman Julian Gressel(Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany), members of the Providence College men's soccer team, were recognized by the BIG EAST Conference at the 2013 BIG EAST Championship banquet held at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa. on Thursday, Nov. 14. Gressel earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team in addition to being named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team for his performance this season.
Gressel tops the Friars' score sheet with 12 points on four goals and a team-high four assists. Gressel leads the team in game-winning goals (2). He tallied at least one point in seven of the Friars' 18 games, including a personal best two goal performance in the Friars' 3-2 win over Quinnipiac (Aug. 30). In addition, Gressel was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Sept. 2) and earned a place on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 30).
Adler received Honorable Mention accolades after serving as the backbone of the Friar defense. He helped the Friars to three shutout wins. For his performance in the Ocean Sate Soccer Classic, Adler was named to the All-Tournament team (Sept. 9). In addition to his defensive strengths, Adler has registered one point on the season on an assist in the Friars' 2-0 win over Boston University (Sept. 20).
Towler also received Honorable Mention recognition for his level of play in the midfield. Towler finished the season with three points on one goal and one assist. In addition, he was named the 2013 Ocean State Classic Co-Most Outstanding Player (Sept. 9) and the Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament team (Sept. 9).
BIG EAST Shootout History
Providence defeated first-seeded #7/8 Georgetown in the BIG EAST Semifinal in PK's 5-4 (Nov. 15). The 2013 semifinal victory marks the fourth time that the Friars have decided a BIG EAST Tournament game from the penalty spot. In the Friars 2010 run to the Championship game, Providence ended regulation even at 2-2k with Louisville. The game was sent to PK's where the Cardinals defeated the Friars, 3-2. In 2005 the semifinal match versus USF was decided by PK's, the Bulls topped the Friars, 3-2. That same year in the quarterfinal round, Providence topped Seton Hall in PK's 4-2. The Friars fourth BIG EAST Tournament game settled at the penalty spot was the 2003 quarterfinal match versus Virginia Tech, where the Friars edged Virginia Tech in PK's, 4-2.
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 Arboledaa 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.
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 (53), Markus Naglestad (37), Fabio Machado (33)
Shots on Goal: Fabio Machado (18), Julian Gressel (17), Mac Steeves (16), Markus Naglestad(16)
Providence vs. Ranked Opponents
The Friars are 2-2-2 against ranked opponents this season, including a 0-0 tie against #7/8 Georgetown in the BIG EAST Semifinal (PC wins in PK's 5-4), 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(Needham, Mass.) 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.
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.
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