PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team will compete in their last regular season match against the Creighton Bluejays on Thursday, Oct. 26 in Omaha, Neb. The game is set to kick-off at 8:00 p.m. ET at Morrison Stadium.
BIG EAST Tournament Approaches… The Friars have punched their ticket to the BIG EAST Tournament. The team currently sits in 2nd place in the league and will finish no lower than the fourth place seed. The first round of the BIG EAST Tournament will occur on Sunday, Oct. 29. The third and fourth place seeds with host the fifth and sixth place seeds, respectively.
If the Friars finish as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, the team will have a bye to the BIG EAST semifinal round on Nov. 2. If the team finishes as the No. 3 or No. 4 seed, they will host either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed on Sunday, Oct. 29 in the BIG EAST First Round.
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2017 Season Records…
Providence 10-6-1 (5-2-1 BIG EAST) | Creighton 3-11-3 (1-5-2 BIG EAST)
Series History Against Creighton…
First Meeting (2013): L, 3-2
Last Meeting (2016): W, 1-0 (OT)
Overall Series: The series it tied, 2-2-0
Creighton in 2017… The Bluejays were most recently defeated by the Marquette Golden Eagles on Oct. 22 (3-0) in Milwaukee, Wis. The teams most recent victory came over Villanova on Oct. 15 (1-0).
Notably, Creighton earned a double-overtime draw against RV-Georgetown (1-1) on Oct. 5.
Players to Watch… Taryn Jakubowski leads Creighton with seven points on three goals and one assist. Jakubowski is followed by Karia Houser (6), Hannah Miller (5), Jaylin Bosak (4) and Kylin Grubb (4).
Scouting Providence … The Friars enter Thursday’s match after claiming a victory over Seton Hall on Oct. 22 in South Orange, N.J. (2-1). The Friars current 10-6-1 record in regular season marks the Friars’ tenth winning season in the 35-year history of the program.
The team currently averages 1.24 goals per game and posts a .447 shot percentage.
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.
Five Game Unbeaten Streak… The Friars remained unbeaten over a five game stretch from Sept. 7 through Sept. 23. Providence claimed victories over Brown (3-1), Arkansas (4-3), St. Joseph’s (3-0), UMass Lowell (2-0) and Villanova (1-0).
Players to Watch… Rookie Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) leads the Friars with seven points on the season on two goals and three assists.
Defender Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) posts six points on the season with two goals and two assists. 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.), Amber Birchwell (Mastic, N.Y.) and Christina Klaum (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) trail McNulty and 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 1,500 minutes of action and posts a 0.92 goal-against average and earned a 0.820 save percentage. Hogan currently holds seven shutouts on the season, most notably holding then-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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