Providence, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team will open BIG EAST play on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4:00 p.m. against Villanova University. The Friars will conclude their four-game homestand on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium after winning its last three contests in Providence, R.I. The enters Saturday’s match 5-4-0 on the season after posting a four-game win streak.
Alumni Weekend… The match against the Wildcats will kick of a BIG EAST doubleheader on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium on Saturday. The Providence men’s soccer team will host Butler University following the first tilt at 7:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. The double-header will serve as alumni weekend for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
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2017 Season Records…
Providence 5-4-0 |Villanova 4-5-0
Series History Against Villanova…
First Meeting (1986): L, 2-1 (Villanova, Pa.)
Last Meeting (2016): W, 2-0 (Villanova, Pa.)
Overall Series: Villanova leads 12-11-2
Scouting the Wildcats… Villanova enters Saturday’s 4-5-0 after an overtime loss to Drexel (2-1) on Sunday, Sept. 17. The Wildcats have registered wins over Delaware (2-1 OT), Saint Joseph’s (1-0), Lafayette (5-0) and Harvard (2-1). Villanova has registered 12 goals on the season on 86 shots and posts an average of 9.6 shots per game.
Players to Watch… Emily Kuefler leads the Wildcats with nine points on four goals and one assist. The defender registered the lone goal in Villanova’s last contest against Drexel and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Sept. 18. Eight other Wildcats have registered points on the season including Amand Vocelka (7), Jasmine Ruiz (5), Kristi Barbour (4), Ida DiClemente (2), Emma Firenze (2), Daniela Nelson (1), Mia Ciardiello (1) and Conne Huggins (1).
Three Wildcats have earned BIG EAST Weekly Honors during the 2017 season including Emily Kuefler (BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, Honor Roll), Amanda Vocelka (BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week) and Emily Harris (BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll).
Scouting the Friars… The Friars post a 5-4-0 mark on the season and enter Saturday’s contest on a four-game consecutive win streak. Freshman Hannah McNulty (Warwick, N.Y.) registered her first career goal on a clinical header finish in the Friars’ 2-0 win over UMass Lowell on Sunday, Sept. 17 on a cross from Kayla Steeves (Needham, Mass.).
Defining Win over Arkansas… In the Friars 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.) leads the Friars with five points on two goals and one assist. Thirteen other Friars have recorded points on the season including Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) (4), Kayla Steeves (Neeham, Mass.) (3), Ann McConnon (Springfield, Pa.) (3), Christina Klaum (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) (3), Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) (3), Hailee Duserick (Canton, Mass.) (2), Alessandra Arace (Pittsfield, Mass.) (2), Kristin Hayman (Redmond, Wash.) (2), Casey Estey (Kensington, N.H.) (2), Christina Rodgers (Scotch Plains, N.J.) (2), Theresa Durkee (Salem, Conn.) (2), Amber Birchwell (Mastic, N.Y.) (1) and Camille Murphy (Seattle, Wash.) (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.
(Sept. 17): Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.), Shelby Hogan (Franklin, Mass.) and Christina Rodgers (Scotch Plains, N.Y.) each earned BIG EAST honors for their respective positions. This marks the first time on the 2017 season that the team earned major BIG EAST awards. Day was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, Hogan earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week and Rodgers earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week recognition.
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 travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to play Xavier University on Thursday, Sept. 28 for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.
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