PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team will host the No. 15 Georgetown University Hoyas on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. The Friars have a 3-2-0 record in BIG EAST action (8-6-0 overall) after a 1-0 victory over Marquette on Oct. 8. The match-up between the Friars and Hoyas coincides with Providence College’s Spirit Week, which is a series of student-centered events on campus surrounding Friars Athletics.
PINK OUT FRIARTOWN… Sunday’s game will be the annual Pink Out Friartown game which supports the Gloria Gemma Foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Friars will wear their pink uniforms to support the cause.
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2017 Season Records…
Providence 8-6-0 (3-2-0 BIG EAST) | Georgetown 10-2-2 (4-0-1 BIG EAST)
Series History Against Georgetown…
First Meeting (1995): W, 6-0
Last Meeting (2016): T, 0-0
Overall Series: Georgetown leads the series, 11-2-3
Hoyas in 2017… Georgetown enters Sunday’s contest 10-2-2 overall and 4-0-1 in BIG EAST action. The Hoyas are ranked 15th in the nation among all Division I NCAA program by the United Soccer Coaches Poll.
Georgetown Against Ranked Opponents… The Hoyas two losses came at the hands two nationally ranked opponents, then-No. 1 West Virginia (1-0) and then-No. 5 Stanford (4-0).
Georgetown in the BIG EAST… In BIG EAST play, Georgetown has tallied 16 goals in five games. Most recently, the team claimed a 5-0 victory over Villanova on Oct. 8. The Hoyas lone draw came against Creighton (1-1) on Oct. 5.
Players to Watch… Rachel Corboz leads Georgetown with 19 points on five goals and nine assists. The point-leader, Corboz, is followed by three Hoyas with double-digit points, Amanda Carolan (17), Caitlin Farrell (15), Jenna Menta (10).
As announced by the league on Oct. 9, Elizabeth Wenger and Amanda Carolan earned BIG EAST Weekly Honors. Wenger was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week. Carolan was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the most goals in a single match since 2012. Carolan tallied four of the Hoyas five goals against Villanova on Oct. 8.
Scouting Providence … The Friars return to Providence for Sunday’s match 8-6-0 on the 2017 season and 3-2-0 in the BIG EAST.
First-Ever Win Over Marquette… The Friars claimed a program-first victory over the Golden Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 8 in Milwaukee, Wis. (1-0). Rookie Amber Birchwell (Mastic, N.Y.) registered her first tally of the season in the victory.
Defining Win over Arkansas… In the Friars match against Arkansas (Sept. 10), 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… 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.), Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Casey Estey and Kayla Steeves (Needham, Mass.) trail Day with five points each on the season.
Hogan in Net… 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 1,200 minutes of action and posts a 1.05 goal-against average and earned a .810 save percentage.
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 play their final home game of the regular season Thursday, Oct. 19 against DePaul at 7:00 p.m. The game will honor the Friars’ graduating seniors.
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