Women’s Soccer To Play St. John’s

Oct. 4, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team is set to return to Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. on Thursday, Oct. 5 against the St. John’s Red Storm at 7:00 p.m. The Friars post a 1-2-0 record in the BIG EAST after a tough double overtime loss to the Butler Bulldogs on Oct. 1 and moved to 6-6-0 on the season. The game will be broadcast by Cox YurView (Cox 4 & 1004 HD) via tape delay on Friday, Oct. 6 at 10:00 p.m.

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2017 Season Records…
Providence 6-6-0 (1-2-0 BIG EAST) | St. John’s 5-6-1 (1-2-0 BIG EAST)

Series History Against St. John’s…
First Meeting (1986): W, 7-0
Last Meeting (2016): L, 1-0
Overall Series: St. John’s leads, 15-14-2

Scouting the Red Storm… St. John’s enters Thursday night’s contest 5-6-1 overall and 1-2-0 in BIG EAST play. Each of the Red Storm’s BIG EAST matches have been decided by one goal. The team claimed its lone BIG EAST victory over Creighton (2-1, 2OT) on Sept. 28 and suffered losses to then-No. 15 Georgetown (1-0) on Sept. 24 and Marquette (1-0) on Oct. 1.

St. John’s has held each of its opponents to one goal or less in 10 of its 12 matches this season.

Players to Watch… Christina Bellero leads the Red Storm with 12 points on five goals and two assists. Nine other St. John’s players have posted points on the season including Lucy Whipp (4), Mariela Jacome (4), Shea Connors (3), Samie Scaffidi (3). Allie Moar (3), Zsani Kajan (2), Mikhaila Martinov (2), Maia Cabrera (1) and Alexa Dolgos (1).

Scouting the Friars… The Friars return to Chapey Field after a double overtime loss against Butler in the 109th minute on Oct. 1. The Friars moved to 1-2-0 in BIG EAST action and will look to earn their second league win on Thursday night.

Players to Watch… Defender Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) leads the Friars with six points on the season. The defender 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. Day scored the lone goal in the Friars overtime loss to Butler on Oct. 1.

Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) and Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) trail Day with five points each 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.

Goalkeeper Shelby Hogan (Franklin, Mass.) was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the week after recording her third-consecutive shutout against Villanova on Sept. 23. Hogan has seen over 1,000 minutes of action and posts a 1.15 goal-against average and earned a .791 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.).

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 action for a road match-up against the Marquette Golden Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2:00 p.m.





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