PC Friars Win Second Ever NCAA Tournament Game, Advancing To Second Round



PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence College defeated Saint Peter's College , 6-2, Friday afternoon in an NCAA Men's Soccer Championship First Round match played at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. With the win, Providence (13-5-3) advances to the NCAA Championship Second Round and will take on No. 16 seed Ohio State on Sunday, November 21 at 1:00 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio. Saint Peter's ends the season with a 13-6-1 record. It marked the first ever NCAA Championship soccer match at Providence College as the Friars recorded their second-ever NCAA Tournament win.

Providence scored three goals in a span of 18:12 in the first half and led 3-0 at the halftime whistle. Senior Matt Marcin (Wilmington, Del.) opened the scoring in the 19th minute as classmate Michael Pereira (Toronto, Ontario) assisted on the goal. Marcin took a pass at the top of the 18-yard box and fired a left-footed shot that dipped into the lower left corner of the net. Just over seven minutes later, sophomore Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.) stole and errant back pass, toe poked the ball past the Saint Peter's goalkeeper Carlos Suarez (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) before firing a right-footed shot into the empty-net from eight yards out. In the 37th minute, senior Toussaint McClure (Atlanta, Ga.) netted his first-career goal. Sophomore George Hodge (Dartmouth, Mass.) fired a shot from 10 yards out that was blocked, but the rebound bounced high towards the right side of the net. McClure calmly waited for the ball to drop before ripping a volley from 12 yards out into the left corner of the net.    

In the second half, Arboleda scored his second goal of the match in the 55th minute to increase the Friars' lead to 4-0. The Peacocks cut the lead to 4-1 in the 62nd minute when senior Lebo Pila (Johannesburg, South Africa) converted a penalty shot with a high blast into the roof of the net. It marked his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Providence regained its four-goal advantage (5-1) in the 73rd minute when Marcin ripped a shot from 25 yards out that took a deflection and dipped over the outstretched hands of Suarez and into the net. It marked Marcin's career-high 10th goal of the season. In the 75th minute, freshman Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.) made the score 6-1 when he beat a defender and chipped the ball into the net. Junior Daniel Fabian (Southbury, Conn.) assisted on the goal. The Peacocks completed the scoring in the 80th minute off of a corner kick. Pila drove a cross towards junior Kevin Olson (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) at the top left side of the 18-yard box. Olson then volleyed a shot into the lower left corner of the net.

Providence increased its unbeaten streak to 10 games, the longest such streak since 1984. In addition, the six goals were the most in one season since 1987 when Providence tallied six goals in a win over Northeastern.