Oct. 14, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- On a day when six seniors were honored for their hard work and dedication over the past four seasons, the Providence College women's soccer team defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 2-1. The Friars improve to 3-10-1 (2-5 BIG EAST) while the Panthers fall to 6-8-0 (1-6-0 BIG EAST).
The Panthers started the scoring quickly when in the 10th minute, Ashley Habbel was fouled in the box creating a penalty kick situation. Habbel scored on the ensuing kick bringing the score to 1-0. The Friars first chance on net came in the 19th minute when junior Megan Mancarella (Rochester, N.Y.) took a shot from 20 yards out that went just wide of the net.
The Friars then tied the game in the 44th minute when sophomore Nicole Benko (Valley Stream, N.Y.) passed the ball in the box to classmate Tara Ricciardi (Wayne, N.J.). Ricciardi then took a shot from six yards out that went in the lower right corner of the net for her first goal as a Friar making the score 1-1.
In the second half, the Friars kept up strong defensive pressure stopping the Panther chances before they could be put on net. The Friars took control in the 74th minute when Benko sent a ball into the box and a Pittsburgh defender deflected it into her own goal, giving PC a 2-1 advantage. Providence never looked back and ended the game with a hard fought victory, 2-1.
Before the game, Ashley Amaral (Cumberland, R.I.), Laura Elfers (Deer Park, N.Y.), Kelsey Kirkpatrick (Hatboro, Pa.), Morgan Spatafore (Katonah, N.Y.), Lauren Vecchione (Sudbury, Mass.), and Danielle Wieneke (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) were all honored as being the seniors on this year's squad. The players and their parents were recognized before the game in a show of appreciation by their fellow teammates and coaches.
The Friars will return to action on Friday, October 19th as they visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.