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The Providence College women's soccer team opens its 2014 season against Rhode Island at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Ray Treacy Track. The Friars will then return to take on Colgate at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24 at the Ray Treacy Track.
It will be the season opener for both Providence and Rhode Island. In addition, Providence will begin its first season under the new Head Coach, Sam Lopes. Lopes returns to the Friars after spending one season as the head coach of the New Hampshire Wildcats. Prior to his term at UNH, Lopes spent two years as an assistant coach at Providence College (2011-2013), where he assisted Providence to their first BIG EAST Tournament game since 1994.
The Friars will return 22 players and welcome four freshmen. Providence returns four of its top-five scorers from its 2013 season. Junior Catherine Zimmerman (Peabody, Mass.) finished the 2013 season earning 16 points with seven goals and two assist. Zimmerman was also named to the 2014 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Joining her is junior Kathryn Hiller (Plaistow, N.H.), junior Lauren Elia (Erie, Pa.), and senior Allison Walton (Brunswick, Maine) who grabbed 13, 11, and eight points respectively during the 2013 season.
Series History vs. Rhode Island
First Meeting: PC 6, at URI 2 (1983)
Last Meeting: PC 4, vs. URI 0 (2013)
All-Time Series: PC Leads 16-8-0
Scouting Rhode Island
Rhode Island finished their 2013 season with an overall record of 6-12-0. Rhode Island returns three of its top-five scores from 2013. Donika Murray, Nicole Brennan, and Ari Stanton return to the Rams' line-up after notching seven, seven, and four points, respectively, in 2013. The Rams also return three of their goalkeepers that split time between the pipes last year. Reilly Lindsey and Katie Nickles picked up a combined three wins in 2013. Providence leads the all-time series against Rhode Island, 16-8-0. The last time the two teams met was on Aug. 23, 2013 when the Friars defeated the Rams, 3-0.
Series History vs. Colgate
First Meeting: PC 4, vs. CU 0 (1992)
Last Meeting: PC 1, at CU 1 (1994)
All-Time Series: Tied 1-1-1
Colgate finished its 2013 season with an overall record of 10-6-3. Colgate returns all of their top-five scorers from the 2013 season, including Caroline Brawner, who earned 12 points and was named to the All-Mid Atlantic Region First Team, Patriot League All-Academic Team, and the Patriot-League First Team. Also returning for the Raiders is Brenna Mason, who earned five shutouts in 2013. This will be the first meeting between the teams since 1994, the series is tied 1-1-1.
2014 Providence College Individual Award Winners
- Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
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