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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS ENTER 2016 BIG EAST QUARTERFINAL ACTION AGAINST ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY... The Providence College women’s soccer team enters BIG EAST Tournament action in a quarterfinal match against St. John’s University on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Queens, N.Y.
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... Tuesday’s game at St. John’s 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.
ALL-TIME VS. ST. JOHN’S... Providence and St. John’s have met 30 times in the history of the two soccer programs. The series is tied, 14-14-2.
LAST MEETING... The Friars return to Queens N.Y. for the first round of BIG EAST Tournament play after concluding the 2016 regular season with a 2-1 loss to the Red Storm on Friday, Oct. 28. Sophomore Kayla Steeves recorded the Friars’ lone goal in the last meeting, edging the ball past the glove of goalkeeper Diana Poulin.
WINNING... The Friars concluded regular season play with an 11-6-2 overall mark and a 5-3-1 record in BIG EAST play. This marks the Friars’ ninth winning season in the 34-year history of the program. Head Coach Sam Lopes has produced a winning season in each of his three seasons as a Head Coach with the program.
FOUR GAME WINNING STREAK FOR THE FRIARS... From Aug. 28 through Sept. 8, the Friars went on four-game winning streak, the longest of the season, with victories over Maine, Boston University, Colgate and Brown.
UNBEATEN STREAK... The Friars also enjoyed a six-game unbeaten streak during the season, which featured a 5-0-1 record during the stretch. The streak started at Central Connecticut (Sept. 15) and continued through Oct. 6 with a 2-0 win at Villanova.
RESULTS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS... Providence is 0-0-2 against ranked opponents this season. The Friars met their first ranked opponent on Aug. 21 against then-No. 10 Rutgers University. The Friars held the Scarlet Knights to a double-overtime 0-0 draw. The Friars opened BIG EAST competition on Sept. 25 with a double overtime draw (0-0) against then-No. 6 Georgetown University (then-RPI No. 2).
BIG EAST GAMES DECIDED BY ONE GOAL... Six of the nine BIG EAST games for the Friars were decided by one goal: Sept .29 vs. Xavier (W , 2-1), Oct. 2 at Butler (W, 1-0), Oct. 15 vs. Creighton (W, 1-0), Oct. 20 at DePaul (L, 2-1), Oct. 23 vs. Seton Hall (W, 1-0), Oct. 28 at St. John’s (L, 2-1).
HILLER LEADS THE FRIAR ATTACK... Graduate student Kathryn Hiller led the Friars during regular season action with 17 points on eight goals and one assist. Hiller recorded game winning tallies in the Friars’ win over Maine on Aug. 28 and during an overtime win over Creighton on Oct. 15.
BIG EAST WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS... Six Friars earned BIG EAST Awards during the 2016 campaign. Honorees included Katie Day (Aug. 22), Kathryn Hiller (Aug. 29, Oct. 17), Julianna Pellegrini (Sept. 5), Kristyn Shea (Sept. 5, Sept. 26, Oct. 3), Rachel Ugolik (Sept. 19) and Madison Doherty (Oct. 24).
FRIARS CLINCH BIG EAST TOURNAMENT SPOT... The Friars clinched a BIG EAST berth with a 1-0 win against Creighton University. The game remained scoreless after 90 minutes of play propelling the Friars into their fifth overtime appearance of the season. Graduate student Kathryn Hiller lifted the Friars in the 99th minute to a 1-0 win over the Bluejays. The tie clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament for the third-straight year.
ROOKIES RECORD VALUABLE MINUTES... Four rookies made their collegiate debut during the 2016 season. Samantha Nelbach has appeared in 17 matches for the Friars, recording one start. Alessandra Arace, Melissa Bambery and Haley Puglia recorded valuable minutes for the Friars.
SHEA HOLDS THE FRIARS’ ALL-TIME SHUTOUT RECORD... Senior goalkeeper Kristyn Shea recorded her 20th career shutout on Sept. 18 in the Friars’ 3-0 victory over Massachusetts. This feat set the team’s career record, previously held by Caroline Haines ‘04 (2000-03) at 19 shutouts. At the close of regular season play, Shea owns 25 career shutouts.
Casey Estey LEADS THE FRIARS IN ASSISTS... Sophomore Casey Estey leads the Friars with six assists on the season. Her six assists are a single-season career high. She recorded two assists as a freshman.
FRIARS THIRD CONSECUTIVE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE... The Friars have earned BIG EAST Tournament spots in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons. In 2014, the Friars were defeated in the Quarterfinal round by Marquette University, 2-0. In 2015, the Friars made a deep post season run to the Championship where they fell to Butler, 1-0. The Friars’ three-straight appearances at the tournament mark the longest streak in program history.
SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S... The Red Storm enter Tuesday’s game as the No. 4 seed with an 11-3-5 overall mark and finishing 5-3-1 in BIG EAST play. St. John’s posts a 7-0-2 record at home heading into the first round of BIG EAST Tournament play. The team has outscored opponents 22-10, and tallies a majority of goals in the second period (13-8). The team has earned 88 corners over the course of 18 matches.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Junior Shea Connors leads the Red Storm with 11 points on three goals and five assists. Shea recorded her fifth assist in the Red Storm’s victory over the Friars. Sophomore Samie Scaffidi ranks second with 10 points on four goals and two assists.
WHAT’S NEXT... The semifinal and final rounds of the BIG EAST Championship will be held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 6.
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