Men's Soccer Season Recap

    Wilder Arboleda finished his career tied for 10th in program history with 18 career goals.

    Wilder Arboleda finished his career tied for 10th in program history with 18 career goals.

    Nov. 27, 2013

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

    The Providence College men’s soccer team played for the BIG EAST Tournament Championship and made a run to the NCAA Championship second round in its second season under the direction of Head Coach Craig Stewart.

    “We are obviously disappointed not to be playing this upcoming weekend in the last 16 [of the NCAA Championship], but overall it was a very good season and a step in the right direction for the program,” Stewart said.

    The Friars posted a 12-6-4 record, including a 6-3-0 mark in BIG EAST play and earned a BIG EAST Tournament home game as the No. 4 seed. Providence also posted a 11-4-2 mark in regular season play, its highest regular season win total since 2006 (11-5-0). The Friars got off to a fast start, going 7-1-2 in their first 10 games.

    In the BIG EAST quarterfinals, the Friars posted their second consecutive win over Creighton, 2-1, to advance to the BIG EAST Semifinals. Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) had a goal and an assist to lead the Friars to the win over the Blue Jays. Arboleda finished the season with four goals and an assist for nine points. Arboleda’s 18 career goals as a Friar rank tied for 10th in program history.  

    In the BIG EAST semifinals, Providence and Georgetown played to a 0-0 tie before the Friars were able to advance in penalty kicks (5-4). In the BIG EAST Championship game, Marquette jumped out to 3-0 lead in the game’s first 60 minutes but the Friars fought back to make it 3-2 with four minutes to play but could not come up with the equalizer.

    “I would like to say a special thank you to our four seniors Wilder, George, Anthony and Phil who did a fantastic job leading the group throughout the year and were able to leave their mark on the program in a positive way,” Stewart added.

    Next up, the Friars played at Penn in the first round of the NCAA Championship and after playing to a 1-1 tie advanced on penalty kicks (3-1). It marked the fourth time Providence advanced to the NCAA Championship second round and the third time in the past four seasons.

    Providence then had to continue on the road at fifth-seeded Maryland. The Terrapins got out to a 1-0 lead, but the Friars fought back to make it 1-1 with a Phil Towler goal at 68:10. Moments later though Maryland converted a penalty kick en route to a 3-1 victory.

    “For the returning guys I think they gained some valuable experience throughout the campaign and have a better understanding of what it takes to be successful at this level; the bar has been set and we look forward to getting back to work,” Stewart concluded.

    Amongst the projected returners is the team’s leading scorer Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany), a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection and BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honoree. Gressel finished his freshman season with five goals and four assists for 14 points.

    The Friars, architects of one of the top-four turnarounds in NCAA Div. I play this season, will gather at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 for their annual season ending banquet at the Downtown Convention Center. 

    2013 Providence College Award Winners
    Brandon Adler
    - All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention (Nov. 14)
    - Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament (Sept. 9)
    Manny Andrade
    - BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (Nov. 17)
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 14)
    Wilder Arboleda
    - BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (Nov. 17)
    - 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)
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Nov. 11)
    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 All-Rookie Team (Nov.14)
    - All-BIG EAST Second Team (Nov.14)
    - BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Sept. 2)
    - BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 30)
    Phil Towler
    - BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (Nov. 17)
    - Ocean State Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 9)
    - Ocean State Soccer Classic Co-Most Outstanding Player (Sept. 9)
    - All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention (Nov. 14)
    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)
    - BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Nov. 11)