Men's Soccer To Face Fifth Seeded Maryland In Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Phil Towler

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Nov. 22, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Providence College men's soccer team will face fifth seeded Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship on Sunday, Nov. 24 at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md.

Stewart Guides Friars To NCAA Tournament
In just his second season as the Providence College head coach, Craig Stewart has earned a berth into the NCAA Championship Tournament. Stewart led the Friars to an overall record of 12-5-3 headed into the tournament, including a 6-3-0 record in BIG EAST Conference play.

Providence Advances On PK Victory Over Penn
Providence travelled to Penn for a showdown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thurs. Nov. 21. The night game was played at Rhodes Field in Philadelphia, Pa.

In the 10th minute of play Penn took a 1-0 lead. Matt Poplawski sent a through ball to Alec Neumann who finished his strike low to the near post.

Providence evened the game at 1-1 in the 23rd minute when senior Wilder Arboleda buried a feed from freshman Mac Steeves. Steeves dribbled the ball through the box and dished a pass that Arboleda drilled to the back of the net to mark his fourth goal of the season. The remainder of the half was scoreless and the Friars and Quakers were tied 1-1 at the half.

The second half was scoreless and the game was sent to over time. After 110 minutes of play and the game tied at 1-1, the tilt was sent to be decided from the penalty spot.

Providence was first to shoot. Steeves placed a strike to the lower left corner that was saved by Penn's keeper. Up first for the Quarkers was Duke Lacroix who finished his strike to the right side (0-1). Second for Providence was Gressel, who finished his strike to the lower left side (1-1). Alec Neumann was next to the penalty spot for Penn and he launched his shot over the frame (1-1). Senior Anthony Baumann was third to shoot for the Friars and he drilled his strike to the upper right corner (2-1). Stephen Baker was Penn's fourth shooter. Broome made a diving save to the right side to keep the Friars' advantage, 2-1. Junior Markus Naglestad was fourth up for the Friars. His strike beat Penn's keeper to the left side (3-1). Sam Hayward would serve as Penn's final shooter. He placed his shot to the right side and Broome's diving save secured the Friars the victory (PK's, 3-1).

NCAA Second Round Appearences
Advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Penn in PK's, 3-1, marks the Friars' fourth trip to the second round. The Friars will face #5 Maryland in a 5:00 p.m. cap at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. Providence made runs to the second round in 2005, 2010 and 2011. In 2005 the Friars fell to then fourth ranked North Carolina , 2-0. In 2010, Providence fell to then ranked sixteenth Ohio State, 2-1 and in 2011, the Friars dropped a 3-2 decision to UC Santa Barbara.

All-Time Versus Maryland
Sunday evening's tilt will mark the first meeting between the Providence College Friars and the University of Maryland Terrapins. The second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship will be recorded as the first match up between the two programs.

Scouting Maryland
Maryland carries an overall record of 13-3-5 into Saturday evening's game. The Terrapins two losses on the season came against California (3-2), VCU (3-2) and Wake Forest (4-3). Most recently, Maryland won the ACC crown after defeating Boston College, Clemson and Virginia in tournament play.

Maryland has out shot its opponents, 315-194 and outscored its opponents, 44-26. Patrick Mullins leads the Terrapins in scoring with 35 points on a team-high 14 goals and seven assists. Four additional Terrapins have tallied double digits in the scoring column. Schillo Tshuma ranks second on the team in scoring with 13 points on six goals and one assist. Jack Pace has notched 11 points while Tsubasa Endoh and Sunny Jane have recorded 10 points apiece.

Zack Steffen has started all 21 games in goal for the Terrapins and has played 2007:11 minutes in the net. He has tallied 58 saves for a .690 save percentage. In addition, Steffen has helped the Terrapins to seven shut outs.

Broome In Goal
Senior Keasel Broome has played all 21 games in goal for the Friars. He has recorded 2004:30 minutes in goal and recorded 60 saves. He has posted five shutouts and a .714 save percentage.

In post season, play, Broome has helped the Friars to a record of 1-1-2. Both draws in the post season have been settled from the penalty spot. Broome has come up with big time saves in each of the shootouts to propel the Friars to victory.

In the BIG EAST Semifinal versus Georgetown, Broome saved the final shot to send the Friars to the BIG EAST Final.

In the first round of the NCAA Championship, Broome made two saves in PK's to secure the victory over Penn.

First NCAA Cap Settled From The Penalty Spot
Providence has played in 10 NCAA Championship games in the historyof the program. The Friars' have posted an overall record of 3-6-1. Providence's one draw versus Penn was its first NCAA tilt that was settled from the penalty spot. The Friars defeated the Quakers in PK's, 3-1, on Thursday, Nov. 21 ar Rhodes Field in Philadelphia, Pa.




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