PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Friars will kick off against the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be held at Fetzer Field and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Friday’s Quarterfinal game can be streamed on ESPN3 and can be accessed at www.espn.com/watchespn
Providence in the Big Dance
Providence is making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It is also the third time in the last four seasons that Providence has been selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament. The Friars’ quarterfinal appearance is the second in program history.
NCAA All-Time Record
Providence is 9-6-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. The Friars are 6-2-1 under Craig Stewart.
Friars in the Quarterfinals
The Friars are 1-0 in Quarterfinal games and 1-0 under Head Coach Craig Stewart. In 2014, Providence defeated Michigan State, 3-2, in East Lansing, Mich.
Taking on the Tar Heels
Providence and North Carolina have met only one time in program in history. The Tar Heels defeated the Friars in 2005 in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, 2-0.
Friars Ranking Nationally
Julian Gressel is tied for fourth in the Nation in total goals (15) and ranks fifth for total points (36). Colin Miller also ranks fifth in the nation, for save percentage (0.849).
Julian Gressel leads the Friars with 36 points on 15 goals and six assists. The senior captain has registered at least one goal in each 2016 NCAA game the Friars’ have played in, including a two-goal performance against No. 1 seed Maryland in the Second Round.
The senior captain has recorded five game-winning goals, including the goal that lifted the Friars past St. John’s, 1-0, on Nov. 3 to give the team their first regular season title.
Gressel was named BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year, as he scored 16 points during BIG EAST regular-season play on six goals and four assists.
Gressel boasts 86 career points in his four seasons at Providence. In 83 games played, Gressel ranks second all-time at Providence in goals scored (30) and second in assists (26).
A Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
On Nov. 29, Gressel was announced a 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. Gressel is among 15 Division I men’s soccer players to have been selected.
Miller in Goal
Colin Miller holds an 15-1 record in his debut season. The red shirt-sophomore was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week one time (Nov. 7) and Co-Goalkeeper of the Year (Nov. 5).
In his 14 games played, Miller has allowed just 10 goals. He has registered eight shutouts, including one shutout in NCAA Tournament play (Nov. 17 vs. Delaware, 2-0).
Danny Griffin has tallied seven goals in his rookie season and one assist, for 15 points. Six of Griffin’s seven goals have been game-winning tallies.
Griffin is the first Friar to register 15 points in his rookie season since Marcos Ugarte in 2011. Griffin’s seven goals is a rookie best at Providence.
Scouting the Tar Heels
The Tar Heels received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and a First Round Bye, drawing a No. 9 seed. The Tar Heels hosted Florida Gulf Coast in the Second Round and defeated the Gulls, 3-2, in the second overtime. On Nov. 27, North Carolina upset No. 8 seed Syracuse, 1-0.
North Carolina holds a 13-3-3 overall record and 9-3 home record. All three of the Tar Heel’s losses came at Fetzer Field.
The Tar Heels have outscored their opponents 37-10 this season, averaging 1.95 goals per game. North Carolina has claimed 11 clean sheets in 2016 and have been shut out five times.
Tar Heels to Watch
The Tar Heels are led by Tucker Hume, with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. North Carolina’s leading goals scorer is Nils Bruening, who has scored eight goals and added one assist for 17 total points. Zach Wright also holds 17 points on the 2016 season. Five other Tar Heels have recored more than one goal on the season.
James Pyle has seen 1778:22 minutes of action in 2016, making 38 saves for a .792 save percentage and holds a .51 goals against average.
Cam Lindey was named ACC Freshman of the Year, with seven assists. Lindey was also the lone Tar Heel to be named to the ACC First Team.
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