Aug 22, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's soccer team will open its 2013 season with a trip to the University of Rhode Island on Friday, August, 23. The two teams will face-off in a night cap beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Kingston, R.I. The Friars will return to Providence for their 2013 season home opener on Sunday, August 25 for an afternoon showdown versus Dayton at 1:00 p.m. on Glay Field.
Providence, recently picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST preseason poll, is coming off of a successful 2012 campaign where they finished with an overall record of 8-9-1 (3-7 -0 BIG EAST). The Friars were three seconds away from earning a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament for the second consecutive season. Providence will play 11 of its 18 games at home where it posted an impressive 6-3-0 mark last season.
The Friars return 21 players and welcome eight freshman. The Friar offense returns three of its top five scorers, including sophomore Catherine Zimmerman (Madison, N.J.) who finished her freshman campaign at the top of the Friars' score sheet with 15 points on seven goals and one assist. For her performance over the course of her rookie season, Zimmerman was named to the 2013 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Joining Zimmerman at attack will be sophomore Lauren Elia (Erie, Pa.) who tallied eight points for the Friars last season on four goals.
Junior Allison Walton (Brunswick, Maine) returns to Providence's midfield. Walton poses as an offensive threat after notching six points last season on two goals and two assists.
Senior Kerry Ann O'Connor (New Rochelle, N.Y.) returns to the line-up and will serve as the anchor of the Friars' defense.
SCOUTING RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island finished its 2012 season with an overall record of 11-8-1. Rhode Island returns three of its top five scorers from its 2012 campaign. Jennifer Barrientos, Ellie Bailes and Lucy Gildien return to the Rams' line-up after notching 15, 10 and seven points respectively in 2012. Barrientos led the team in scoring with four goals and seven assists. Rhode Island also returns two of its goalkeepers that split time between the pipes last year. Chlese Broghamer and Reilly Lindesy combined for four shutouts in 2012. Providence leads the all-time series against Rhode Island, 15-8. The last time that the two teams met was on August 31, 2007 when the Rams defeated the Friars, 4-0.
SCOUTING DAYTON: The Flyers posted a 14-4-2 record in their 2012 season where they finished tied for second in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Dayton returns 13 letter winners, including 8 starters. In addition, the Flyers welcome 8 newcomers. Among Dayton's returners is sophomore forward Ashley Campbell who was named to the A-10 All-Rookie team after notching 28 points on 12 goals and four assists last year. Also returning to Dayton's offense is senior forward Juliana Libertin who tallied 35 points in the 2012 season on 12 goals and 11 assists.