Women's Soccer Enters BIG EAST Tournament Action

Oct. 27, 2017

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - 2017 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT FIELD... The field is set for the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament and play begins on Sunday, Oct. 29.
1. Georgetown (Bye)
2. Butler (Bye)
3. Providence
4. Marquette
5. Xavier
6. DePaul

FRIARS ENTER 2017 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT 1st ROUND ACTION... The Providence College women’s soccer team enters BIG EAST Tournament action against DePaul University. The Friars will host the 1st round in Providence, R.I. as a No. 3 seed. The match will be played at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.

BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... Sunday’s game in Providence, R.I. will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO. To watch the game, download the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet. The game also can be accessed via the internet by visiting: http://www.FOXSportsGO.com. The app is not available internationally.

First Meeting (2005): L, 3-2
Last Meeting (2017): T, 0-0 (2OT)
Overall Series:  DePaul leads, 7-6-1

SCOUTING THE BLUE DEMONS... DePaul and the Friars will meet for a second time this season. The two teams battled to a double-overtime draw (0-0) in Providence, R.I. on Oct. 19. DePaul concluded its season with two victories over Villanova (6-3) on Oct. 22 and St. John’s (1-0) on Oct. 26.

Franny Cerny leads the Blue Demons with 22 points on the season on 10 goals and two assists. Two other DePaul players post double-digits in the points category including Alexa Ben (15) and Morgan Turner (10).

Providence’s History In The BIG EAST Tournament...
Providence College captured the BIG EAST title in 1993 and has qualified for BIG EAST Tournament play five times, since the championship began in 1993.  The Friars are 5-5 all-time in BIG EAST Tournament action. 

Fourth-year Head Coach Sam Lopes is 2-3 all-time at the BIG EAST Tournament.  Lopes is the first Friar head coach to make the Tournament four years  in a row to start his coaching career.

The Friars, who also qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament in 2014, 2015 and 2016 are making their fourth consecutive appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament. The only other time Providence made consecutive appearances in the BIG EAST Tournament dates back to the 1993 and 1994 seasons.

Players to Watch… Rookie Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) and Casey Estey (Kensington, N.H.) lead the Friars with seven points.

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. Christina Klaum also posts six points on the season with two goals and two assists. 

Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kayla Steeves (Needham, Mass.), Christina Rodgers (Scotch Plains, N.Y.) and Amber Birchwell (Mastic, N.Y.) trail 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 1,600 minutes of action and posts a 0.96 goal-against average and earned a 0.815 save percentage. Hogan currently holds seven shutouts on the season, most notably holding then-No. 15 Georgetown scoreless.

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.

FRIARS IN CLOSE MATCHES... 11 of the Friars 18 games in the 2017 season have been decided by one goal. In BIG EAST play the 8-of-9 games were decided by one goal. The Friars lone draw of the season came against DePaul on Oct. 19.

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).

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 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).



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