Women’s Soccer Hosts Butler

Sept. 29, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team will host BIG EAST foe on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Chapey Field in Providence, R.I. The Friars were defeated by Xavier on Thursday night to move to 6-5-0 (1-1-0 BIG EAST).

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2017 Season Records…
Providence 6-5-0 (1-1-0 BIG EAST) | Butler 8-1-2 (1-0-1 BIG EAST)

Series History Against Butler…
First Meeting (1992): W, 4-2 (Notre Dame, Ind.)
Last Meeting (2016): W, 1-0 (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Overall Series: The series is tied, 3-3-0

Scouting the Bulldogs… The Bulldogs enter Sunday’s contest 8-1-2 on the season and post a 1-0-1 mark in BIG EAST play. Butler claimed its first BIG EAST victory of the season on Sept. 24 with a 3-0 win against Marquette and posted a double-overtime tie against Seton Hall (0-0) in Thursday night’s match in South Orange, N.J.

The Bulldogs have competed against two ranked opponents in the 2017 season including then-No. 18 Notre Dame (T, 0-0) and then-No. 10 (W, 2-0). The team is currently receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll.

Players to Watch… Paige Monaghan leads the Bulldogs with 10 points on three goals and four assists. Monaghan was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after posting seven points in the Bulldogs contests against Chicago State and Marquette on Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, respectively.

Butler’s Julia Leonard was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week as announced by the league on Sept. 25 after helping the Bulldogs to back-to-back shutout victories against Chicago State and Marquette.

Scouting the Friars… The Friars will return to Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium 1-1-0 in BIG EAST play after being defeated by Xavier in Thursday night’s match. The team posts a 6-5-0 overall mark on the season.

Players to Watch… Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) and Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) lead the Friars with five points on the season. McNulty was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after scoring the lone goal in the Friars victory over Villanova on Sept. 23.

Defender Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) earned BIG EAST recognition for the second-consecutive week on Sept. 25 after helping the Friars to four shutouts on the season and registering four points on one goal and two assists.

Goalkeeper Shelby Hogan (Franklin, Mass.) was named BIG EAST Goalkeper of the week after recording her third-consecutive shutout against Villanova on Sept. 23. Hogan has seen almost 1,000 minutes of action and posts a 1.09 goals-against average and earned a .803 save percentage.

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 Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m. against St. John’s.





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