PC Men’s Soccer To Host Marist In First Round of NCAA Tournament Thursday
Providence College Press Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men’s soccer team earned an at-large selection to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship. The Friars will host Marist in the First Round on Thursday, Nov. 18 on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. Thursday’s match will mark the first meeting all-time between the two soccer programs.
The Friars are making their 11th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and fifth appearance under the direction of 10th-year Head Coach Craig Stewart. The Friars’ most recent appearance in the NCAAs was in 2019. Providence earned victories over NJIT (2-0) in the First Round and went on to defeat No. 13 Penn State (3-2 OT) in the Second Round, before losing to No. 3 Clemson (2-1 OT) in the Third Round.
In their previous 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament, Providence has advanced to the Round of 16 three times (2014, 2016, 2019) in addition to two Quarterfinal appearances (2014, 2016). The Friars’ most notable run in the NCAAs came during the 2014 campaign, when the squad advanced to the College Cup Semifinal.
Providence College is 11-10-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament action, including an 8-4-1 mark with Stewart at the helm.
The Friars enter the NCAA Tournament with a 10-4-4 overall record. Providence finished second in the BIG EAST Conference final standings with a 5-2-3 mark. Providence advanced to the BIG EAST Championship Game for the sixth time in program history on Nov. 14. The Friars fell to seventh-ranked and top-seeded Georgetown, 2-1, in overtime at Shaw Field in Washington, D.C.
Marist enters the NCAA Tournament with a 12-6-3 overall record. The Red Foxes won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship over Rider University on penalty kicks (Nov. 14). It marked Marist’s fourth MAAC title in school history and the first since 2005.
Tickets will be available for sale at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 through the Providence College Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets online via Friars.com or by calling (401) 865-GOPC.
The winner of Thursday’s NCAA First Round match-up will advance to the Second Round against Marshall in Huntington, W. Va. The Herd earned the No. 14 seed and a bye into the Second Round.