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The Providence College women’s soccer team opens its 2016 campaign on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence against rival Boston College on Aug. 19 at 7:00p.m. Following the BC game, the Friars will play a road game (Aug. 21) in Piscataway, N.J. against 2015 NCAA Final Four participant Rutgers University.
Series History vs. Boston College
First Meeting: PC 0, vs. Boston College 6 (1983)
Last Meeting: PC 3, at Boston College 2 (2OT) (2015)
All-Time Series: Boston College leads 21-3-3
Scouting the Eagles
Friday’s game marks the Friars’ home opener on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium and the first game of the season for both the Friars and the Eagles. During the 2015 season, Boston College finished with an overall record of 11-7-2 and a 5-3-2 mark in conference play. The Eagles advanced to the first round of the NCAA College Cup Tournament (Nov. 14), where they fell short in a 4-2 loss against the Princeton University Tigers. Redshirt Senior McKenzie Meehan, returns to the line-up leading the Eagles with a total of 37 points on 17 goals and three assists from the 2015 season. Senior Haley Dowd enters the 2016 season with a total of 26 points on 12 goals and two assists from last season.
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Series History vs. Rutgers
First Meeting: PC 0, vs. Rutgers 3 (1984)
Last Meeting: PC 1, vs. Rutgers 0 (2011)
All-Time Series: Rutgers University leads 14-2-0
Scouting the Scarlet Knights
Sunday’s game (Aug. 21) will mark the Scarlet Knights’ second game of the season. Rutgers will travel to Rider University on Aug. 19 before hosting the Friars on Yurcak Field. On Aug. 3, 2016 the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Poll ranked the Scarlet Knights No. 10 in the nation. During the 2015 campaign, Rutgers advanced to the semifinal of the NCAA College Cup. The Scarlet Knights finished the year with a No. 4 national ranking. Rutgers returns five starters from last year’s roster, including NSCAA All-American goalkeeper Casey Murphy. Other players to note include, NSCAA All-Region player Colby Ciarrocca who recorded nine goals and four assists (22 points) in the 2015 season, forward Madison Tiernan who led the team with 38 points in 2015, and defenders Erin Smith and Kenie Wright.
The 2015 Friar Campaign
Last season, the Friars recorded their most successful season in program history with an overall record of 13-8-1 and 5-4 record in conference play. The Friars secured the No. 6 seed in the 2015 BIG EAST Conference Tournament and advanced to the championship game after a quarterfinal victory against DePaul (1-0) and an overtime shootout victory against Georgetown (1-1). The Friars fell short in the BIG EAST Championship Final against the Butler Bulldogs on Nov. 6, 1-0. At the BIG EAST Tournament, senior Catherine Zimmerman was awarded BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Christina Klaum and Kathryn Hiller were also honored as members of the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
Friars picked No. 6 in BIG EAST Coaches Poll
The Friars were picked to finish sixth in the 2016 Preseason BIG EAST Coaches’ Poll (44 points). In 2015, the Friars made their first appearance in a BIG EAST title game since 1993. For the 2016 season, the Friars return four of their top five scorers from last season, including All-BIG EAST Team selection Christina Klaum. The Friars also welcome back an experienced goalkeeper in Kristyn Shea. Shea’s .839 save percentage ranked second in league action.
Klaum named to Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
The BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Preseason All-BIG EAST Team were released on Aug. 10. Christina Klaum was one of 15 players in the BIG EAST to be named to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team. During the 2015 season, Klaum played in 19 games and notched a spot in the starting line-up 18 times. She totaled five points on two goals and one assist. She has been an integral part of the Friars roster, having appeared in 38 career games with 37 starts, recording eight points on three goals and two assists during her two years as a member of the program.
A total of nine players have joined the Friars for the 2016 season. The group of incoming players include Alessandra Arace (Pittsfield, Mass.), Melissa Bambery (Acton, Mass.), Makayla Brady (West Greenwich, R.I.), Theresa Durkee (Salem, Conn.), Kelsey Gilbert (Hanson, Mass.), Shelby Hogan (Franklin, Mass.), Samantha Nelbach (New Windsor, N.Y.), Haley Puglia (Warwick, R.I.). Junior Kristin Hayman (Redmond, Wash.) also joins the roster after transferring from Gonzaga University.
After the match up against Rutgers University, the Friars will travel to Boston, Mass. to take on the Northeastern Huskies for a 6:00 p.m. game on Aug. 25.
2016 Providence College Award Winners
-Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
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