2017 BIG EAST Tournament Field... BIG EAST Tournament action kicked off on Sunday, Oct. 29 with four opponents clashing at first round host sites. Providence advanced to the Semifinal round after 110 minutes of scoreless action against DePaul on Sunday afternoon. The Friars went 4-1 against the Blue Demons in penalty shots to earn a spot in Thursday, Nov. 2 semifinal round against No. 2 seeded No. 20/47 Butler at 7:00 p.m. in Indianapolis, Ind.
No. 4 Marquette punched their ticket to the BIG EAST Semifinal round after a 3-0 victory over No. 5 Xavier in Milwaukee, Wis. The Golden Eagles will face the Georgetown Hoyas on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
BIG EAST Digital Network... Thursday’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.
All-Time vs. Butler...
First Meeting (1992): W, 4-2
Last Meeting (2017): W, 1-0
Overall Series: The series is tied, 3-3-0
Providence vs. Butler in 2017... The Friars were defeated by Butler on Oct. 1 (2-1) in double overtime in the 109th minute of play. Providence’s Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) sent the game into overtime after evening the score at one in the 74th minute.
Scouting the Bulldogs... The Bulldogs earned a bye to the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 2 seed. Butler posts a 12-1-5 record on the the season and a 5-0-4 mark in the BIG EAST. The Bulldogs lone loss came to Ohio (1-0) on Aug. 20.
The Bulldogs have faced three ranked opponents in the 2017 season including RV-Notre Dame (T, 0-0) (2OT), No. 11 Texas A&M (W, 2-0) and No. 19 Georgetown (T, 0-0) (2OT).
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.) leads the Friars with nine points on three goals and three assists. McNulty scored the Friars lone goal in the 1-1 draw against DePaul in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Oct. 29. Casey Estey (Kensington, N.H.) trails McNulty with seven points on three goals and one assist on the season.
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.
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 1,700 minutes of action and posts a 0.95 goal-against average and earned a 0.814 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 19 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. Both of the Friars draws on the season have come against DePaul on Oct. 19 (0-0) in the Friars last regular season home game and Oct. 29 (1-1) in the First Round of the BIG EAST Tournament.
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).
2017 BIG EAST ANNUAL AWARDS... On Oct. 29, the BIG EAST conference announced its annual post-season awards. Four different Friars earned BIG EAST Honors including Shelby Hogan (Franklin, Mass.), Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.), Kayla Steeves (Needham, Mass.) and Amber Birchwell (Mastic, N.Y.).
Hogan has led the Friars in goal during her rookie campaign. The three honors earned by Hogan (Freshman of the Year, All-BIG EAST Second Team and BIG EAST All-Freshman Team) are the most by a Providence player in program history for a single-season. Hogan also is the first player in program history to earn BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors.
Steeves has been a dominant force in the Friars’ midfield to help the team to 10 victories on the season. She has tallied five points on one goal and three assists. She is tied for the team lead in assists with Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.).
Day is the first Providence player to be named to the All-BIG EAST First Team since Catherine Zimmerman (Madison, N.J.) in 2015. She leads the Friar defensive line and has helped the team keep BIG EAST foe’s to two-or-less goals in each of their contests. Day is tied for second on the team in scoring with Christina Klaum (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), having tallied six points on two goals and two assists.
Birchwell has seen action in 18-of-19 games as rookie and provided an offensive spark with two game-winning goals against Marquette (Oct. 8) and Seton Hall (Oct. 22). She owns five points this season on two goals and one assist.
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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