Providence, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team will continue BIG EAST play on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. against Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Friars finished a four-game homestand on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium with a win over Villanova in the BIG EAST opener on Sept. 23. The Friars enter Thursday night’s match 6-4-0 (1-0-0 BIG EAST) and have won five-straight games.
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2017 Season Records…
Providence 6-4-0 (1-0-0 BIG EAST) | Xavier 5-4-2 (1-0-0 BIG EAST)
Series History Against Xavier…
First Meeting (1995): L, 4-0 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Last Meeting (2016): W, 2-1 (OT)
Overall Series: Providence leads 4-1-0
Scouting the Musketeers … Xavier enter Thursday’s match 1-0 in BIG EAST play and own a 5-4-2 overall mark. The Musketeers defeated BIG EAST foe Creighton on Sept. 24, 1-0, to open the BIG EAST slate. Xavier has also posted victories against Cleveland State (3-2), Ball State (1-0), Ohio (2-1) and Northern Kentucky (2-1). The team averages 1.27 goals per games and has tallied 128 shots on the season.
Players to Watch… Emma Westwater leads Xavier with nine points on four goals and one assist. Nine other Musketeers have registered points on the season, including Sydney Schembri (8), Samantha Dewey (6), Tori Doss (3), Caitie Baron (3), Carrie Lewis (3), Andie Kennard (2), Courtney Lankford (2), Emily Burton (1) and Jessica Miller (1).
Schemri was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Sept. 25 after scoring the game-winner against Creighton on Sept. 24.
Scouting the Friars… The Friars hold a 6-4-0 mark on the season and enter Thursday’s contest on a five-game consecutive win streak. Freshman Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) registered the game-winning goal against Villanova on Sept. 23. The tally marked McNulty’s second career goal and second-consecutive match with a goal.
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.) and Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) lead the Friars with five points. Twelve other Friars have recorded points on the season including Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) (4), Kayla Steeves (Neeham, Mass.) (4), Ann McConnon (Springfield, Pa.) (3), Christina Klaum (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) (3), Casey Estey (Kensington, N.H.) (3), Christina Rodgers (Scotch Plains, N.J.) (3), Hailee Duserick (Canton, Mass.) (2), Alessandra Arace (Pittsfield, Mass.) (2), Kristin Hayman (Redmond, Wash.) (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.
Sept. 25: Shelby Hogan (Franklin, Mass.), Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) and Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) earned BIG EAST recognition as announced by the league. It marked the second-consecutive week the Friars have earned BIG EAST honors. Hogan was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week after recording her third-consecutive shutout against Villanova on Saturday, Sept. 23 (1-0). Day earned BIG EAST recognition for the second-consecutive week, she was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll along with McNulty.
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 10 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 Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1:00 p.m. against Butler University.
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