PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team will host their final opponent of the regular season at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 19 in Providence, R.I. against DePaul. The Friars will conclude regular season play on the road against Seton Hall (Oct. 22) and Creighton (Oct. 26).
Senior Night… Prior to Thursday night’s game, the team will honor four graduating seniors, Madison Doherty (Peabody, Mass.), Kristin Hayman (Redmond, Wash.), Christina Klaum, (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), and Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) for their dedication to the program during their careers in a Friar jersey.
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2017 Season Records…
Providence 9-6-0 (4-2-0 BIG EAST) | DePaul 5-7-3 (1-2-3 BIG EAST)
Series History Against DePaul…
First Meeting (2005): L, 3-2
Last Meeting (2016): L, 2-1
Overall Series: DePaul leads the series, 7-6-0
DePaul in 2017… The Blue Demons enter Thursday night’s match-up after back-to-back ties against Xavier (1-1) on Oct. 8 and Butler (1-1) on Oct. 15. DePaul has recorded three overtime draws in six games of conference play.
The Blue Demons have been defeated by three nationally ranked opponents during the 2017 season including then-No. 23 Northwestern (1-0), then-No. 12 Texas A&M (2-0) and then-No. 17 Georgetown (4-0).
Players to Watch… Franny Cerny leads DePaul with 18 points on eight goals and two assists. Alexa Ben trails Cerny with nine points on four goals and one assist. Eight other Blue Demons have recorded points on the season including Morgan Turner (6), Abigail Callahan (5), Madeline Frick (5), Jade Eriksen-Russo (3), Jessie Schmidt (2), Elizabether Endy (1), Sonia Johnson (1) and Lucy Edwards (1).
Scouting Providence … The Friars return to Providence for Sunday’s match 9-6-0 on the 2017 season and 4-2-0 in the BIG EAST.
Victory Over Nationally Ranked Opponent… On Sunday, Oct. 15 the Friars defeated then-No. 15 Georgetown University, 1-0. The Friars struck in 6th minute when Christina Klaum registered her second goal of the season on a volley from a build-up play by rookies Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) and Camille Murphy (Seattle, Wash.).
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.) and rookie Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) lead the Friars with six points on the season.
Day 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.
Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Casey Estey and Kayla Steeves (Needham, Mass.) and Christina Klaum (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) trail Day and McNulty 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 1,300 minutes of action and posts a 0.99 goal-against average and earned a .821 save percentage. Hogan currently holds six shutouts on the season, most recently holding No. 15 Georgetown scoreless.
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 travel to South Orange, N.J. to take on Seton Hall on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m.
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