Sept. 14, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's soccer team improved its record to 6-2-1 with a win over St. John's in their first BIG EAST match-up of the year. The Friars are set to host Syracuse in their BIG EAST home opener on Sunday, September 16 in Providence, R.I. at 1:00 p.m.. The game will be played on Glay Field.
In the last five meetings between the Friars and the Orange, Syracuse leads the series with a record of 4-1. The Friars' victory over Syracuse came in 2008, when Providence beat the Orange, 3-2, at home on Glay Field.
The Friars enter Sunday's BIG EAST game on a five-game win streak and remain unbeaten at home. The wins have come with victories over Lehigh (4-0), Central Connecticut (2-1) , Brown (3-2), New Hampshire (2-1) and St. John's (2-0). During the five game stretch, freshman Catherine Zimmerman (Madison, N.J.) has tallied seven goals and one assist for a total of 15 points.
Looking at the Friars' stat sheet, Providence has been successful in the offensive third against their opponents. Providence has out-shot its opponents, 140-76, out scored its opponents, 17-10, and held the advantage on corner kicks, 45-31.
The Friars' defense has been successful in protecting the defensive third. With the 2-0 victory over St. John's on Thursday, September 13, the Friars posted their second shutout of the season. Both shutouts have come with sophomore Jessica Goudreault (Sherborn, Mass.) protecting the goal for the Friars.
SCOUTING SYRACUSE: Syracuse returns 17 players from its 2011 roster and welcomes eight freshmen. The Orange have played eight games this season and currently hold a record of 4-3-1. The Orange opened their BIG EAST slate at Connecticut on Thursday, September 13 and came out of Storrs, Conn. with a 3-2 victory over the Huskies. Alexis Koval leads the Orange with six points on three goals. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Anghel has spent all 750 minutes in goal for the Orange and owns a .718 save percentage.