Women’s Soccer Takes On Seton Hall

Oct. 20, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team will travel to South Orange, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 22 to take on the Seton Hall Pirates. The Friars enter the contest 9-6-1 (4-2-1 BIG EAST) after earning a double-overtime draw (0-0) against DePaul on Thursday night in Providence, R.I.

BIG EAST Tournament Approaches… The Friars currently sit in fourth place in the BIG EAST with 13 points. Georgetown (16), Butler (15) and Xavier (14) have each clinched spots in the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament.

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2017 Season Records…
Providence 9-6-1 (4-2-1 BIG EAST) | Seton Hall 0-10-5 (0-4-3 BIG EAST)

Series History Against Seton Hall…
First Meeting (1995): L, 2-1
Last Meeting (2016): W, 1-0
Overall Series: Seton Hall leads the series, 8-6-0

Seton Hall in 2017… The Pirates enter Sunday’s match-up 0-10-5 on the season and 0-4-3 in BIG EAST action. Most recently, Seton Hall was defeated by Xavier 2-1 on Oct. 19. The Pirates have recorded three BIG EAST draws against DePaul on Sept. 23 (1-1), Butler on Sept. 28 (0-0) and Creighton on Oct. 8 (1-1). Six of the Pirates’ ten losses on the season have been decided by one goal.

Players to Watch… Julia Stirpe leads the Pirates with five points on two goals and one assist. Stirpe is followed by Cassy Harrigan, who has recorded four points on the season with two goals.

Scouting Providence … The Friars concluded regular-season home action on Thursday, Oct. 19 against DePaul. The Friars will finish regular-season schedule on the road against Seton Hall (Oct. 22) and Creighton (Oct. 26).

The Friars have not dropped a contest since Oct. 1 in an overtime loss against Butler (2-1). In October, the Friars have defeated St. John’s (2-1), Marquette (1-0), Georgetown (1-0) and tied DePaul (2OT - 0-0).

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 the program’s 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 win.

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 1,400 minutes of action and posts a 0.91 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 complete regular season play on the road against Creighton in Omaha, Neb. On Thursday, Oct. 26 at 8:00 p.m.





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