PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team is set to play the St. Joseph’s University on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. The match against the Hawks marks the second a four-consecutive game stretch in Providence, R.I. for the Friars. The Friars return to Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium after a notable win against the University of Arkansas (4-3) on Sunday, Sept. 10. The game will be broadcast by Yurview (Cox 4 & 1004 HD) via tape delay on Friday, Sept. 15 at 10:00 p.m.
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2017 Season Records...
Providence 3-4-0 | St. Joseph’s 4-1-1
Series History Against St. Joe’s… Thursday’s match up will mark the second time the teams have met. The Friars defeated the Hawks, 2-1, in 2009.
Scouting the Hawks... St. Joe’s enters the match 4-1-1 on the season with wins over Bucknell (3-2), Temple (2-0), Towson (4-3) and Ohio State (1-0). The Hawks average 2.0 goals per game and 17.5 shots per game.
On Sunday, Sept. 10 bested a previously undefeated Ohio State (5-1-1). Ohio State is currently receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches national poll.
Players to Watch… Hannah Racis leads the Hawks with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Racis is followed by Gabrielle Vagnozzi (7) and Paige Bergman (5). A total of 11 St. Joseph’s players have recorded points on the season.
Goalkeeper Grace Bendon has seen 563 minutes of action over six games and posts a 1.28 goals-against average and a .800 save percentage.
On Monday, Sept. 11, Bendon and Bergman nabbed Atlantic 10 weekly honors. Bergman was named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week. Bergman has recorded back-to-back game winning goals against Townson and Ohio State. Bendon earned Co-Defensive Player of the week after recording a total of 13 saves in last weekend’s matches against Towson and Ohio State.
Scouting the Friars… The Friars return to the field after impressive performances against Brown on Thursday, Sept. 7 (3-1) and Arkansas on Sunday, Sept. 10 (4-3).
In Sunday’s match against Arkansas, four different Friars tallied goals including Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kayla Steeves (Needham, Mass.), Ann McConnon (Springfield, Pa.) and Christina Klaum (Rockville Centre, N.Y.).
Players to Watch… Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) lead the Friars with four points each. Six other Friars have recorded points on the season including Ann McConnon (Springfield, Pa.) (3), Christina Klaum (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) (3), Kayla Steeves (Neeham, Mass.) (2), Hailee Duserick (Canton, Mass.) (2), Alessandra Arace (Pittsfield, Mass.) (2) and Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) (1).
BIG EAST Accolades…
(Sept. 11): Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after helping the Friars to a 2-0 weekend over Brown (3-1) and Arkansas (4-3). Day tallied four points on the weekend on one goal and two assists.
Friars in 2016 … Providence finished the 2016 season 11-7-2 overall and a 5-3-1 mark in BIG EAST Conference play. The Friars tied two ranked opponents including then-No. 10 Rutgers (1-1) and then-No. 6 Georgetown (0-0). Three Friars earned All-BIG EAST recognition, Kristyn Shea (Piscataway, N.J.), Hannah Wear (South Salem, N.Y.) and Kathryn Hiller (Dartmouth, Mass.) were each named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. The achievement marked the second time in program history that three women’s soccer players nabbed All-BIG EAST honors during a single season.
Friars Picked No. 5 in the BIG EAST Coaches Poll … The BIG EAST Conference announced its 2017 Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Thursday, Aug. 10. The Friars were picked to finish fifth among ten BIG EAST schools following No. 4 St. John’s, No. 3 Marquette, No. 2 DePaul and No. 1 Georgetown.
In 2016, Providence earned its third-consecutive post season berth after its second straight double-digit win season. Junior Casey Estey (Kensington, N.H.) returns as the Friars top-scorer with two goals and six assists on the 2016 season.
Newcomers … The Friars welcome seven new members to the women’s soccer program for the 2017 season. Incoming players include Amber Birchwell (Mastic, N.Y.), Julia Gray (Owings, Md.), Hannah McConnon (Springfield, Pa.), Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.), Camille Murphy (Seattle, Wash.), Christina Rodgers (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and Tina Thorsen (Spring, Texas).
Up Next… The Friars will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 17 in Providence, R.I. against UMass-Lowell.
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