Men’s Soccer Season Recap

Nov. 22, 2015


The Providence College men’s soccer team advanced to the BIG EAST Championship semifinal for the third-straight year in its fourth season under the direction of Head Coach Craig Stewart.

The Friars posted an 8-7-3 record, including a 4-4-1 in BIG EAST play during the 2015 season. Five individuals earned All-BIG EAST Team accolades and two were named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.

In the BIG EAST First Round, the Friars travelled to then No. 3 seed Butler on Nov. 8 to take on the Bulldogs for the second time during the season. At the end of regulation, the two teams were tied 2-2, which sent the game in to overtime. The scored remained tied at the end of the two, 10-minute overtime periods, and the game would be decided in penalty kicks. Providence came out on top with a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks to advance to the BIG EAST Semifinal game.

In the BIG EAST Semifinal, the Friars travelled to No. 2 seed and fifth-ranked Creighton on Nov. 12. Providence battled to a 2-1 loss against the Bluejays, with the lone Friar goal coming from junior Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany) off of a free-kick. Although the Friars did not move onto the final, at the conclusion of the BIG EAST Tournament Gressel and red-shirt senior Jeff Kilday (Marshfield, Mass.) each earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.

"We are obviously disappointed not to be playing at this stage of the season and recognize that participating in the NCAA Tournament is the standard we have set for our program,” said Stewart. “Having said that, there were many positives to take from this year's campaign, including a third-consecutive trip to the BIG EAST Semifinal. With a large number of returning players and the near completion of our new stadium, we are optimistic for the future and look forward to getting back to work."

Unlike this season, where the Friars lost seven of their starting players, next season’s team will lose just two student-athletes. The projected returners include First Team All-BIG EAST honoree and the team’s leading goal scorer, junior Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.), Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree, Gressel, All-Freshmen Team recipients, Brendan Constantine (Glastonbury, Conn.), Klisman Sousa (Sal, Cape Verde) and Tiago, Mendonca (Faro, Portugal).

"I would like to say a special thank you to our two graduating players, Manny Andrade and Jeff Kilday,” noted Stewart. “Both guys always gave everything they had to the team and played a major role in where the program is today. We are very proud of the players, but more importantly, we are proud of the young men that they have become."

2015 Providence College Award Winners
Mac Steeves
- Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
- BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Aug. 31)
- College Soccer News National Player Of The Week (Aug. 31)
- Three-time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Oct. 19)
- All-BIG EAST First Team (Nov. 6)
Julian Gressel
- Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Nov. 2)
- All-BIG EAST Second Team (Nov. 6)
- BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (Nov. 15)
Brendan Constantine
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 31)
- BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Sept. 22)
- BIG EAST All-Freshman Team (Nov. 6)
Ben Seguljic
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 7)
Jeff Kilday
- BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 12)
- BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Nov. 9)
- BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (Nov. 15)
Klisman Sousa
- BIG EAST All-Freshman Team (Nov. 6)
Tiago Mendonca
- BIG EAST All-Freshman Team (Nov. 6)
Alex Vigliotti
- BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Nov. 9)



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