Serrano Scores On Free Kick In 96th Minute To Lift PC Men’s Soccer Over Brown In Overtime

Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Joao Serrano (Evora, Portgual) scored the game-winning goal in the 96thminute to lead the Providence College men’s soccer team over Brown University, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Anderson Stadium.

Providence – 2 | Brown – 1

Providence – 3-7-2 (0-2-2 BE) | Brown – 6-3-1 (1-1-0 Ivy)

Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium – Providence, R.I.

– Matt DePerro (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored the first goal of his career in the 14th minute. Redshirt senior Brian Kennedy (Upland, Calif.) played a ball through, which DePerro was able to run onto. He then beat the keeper and slid it home to put the Friars up 1-0.

– The Friars nearly increased their lead in the final minutes of the half. Brendan Reardon (Nesconset, N.Y.) took a shot from the top of the box that forced Joey Cipicchio to make a diving save. Tiago Mendonca (Faro, Portugal) followed up with a second attempt that Cipicchio had to leap up and save.

– Early in the second half, the Bears leveled the score with a similar goal to the Friars’ first half goal. Nico Lozada played a through ball that John Vrablic was able to get past Colin Miller (Bel Air, Md.) who was streaking off his line.

– Regulation ended with Providence leading 14-7 in shots.

– In the 96th minute, Serrano was the hero for Providence. He lined up for a free kick just outside of the 18-yard box and was able to curl the ball around the wall perfectly.

– Serrano’s goal was his second of the season. His other goal also came on a free kick against North Carolina.

– All three of Providence’s wins this season have come against Rhode Island opponents. The Friars beat Rhode Island in double overtime and Bryant in regulation earlier this season.

1-0 (Providence) – 13:18 – Matt DePerro, assisted by Brian Kennedy – Through ball from Kennedy that DePerro slid past the goalkeeper coming off his line

1-1 (Brown) – 51:16 – John Vrablic, assisted by Nico Lozada – Through ball to Vrablic who beat Miller coming out off his line

2-1 (Providence) – 95:55 – Joao Serrano – Free kick from just outside the 18

Providence: Colin Miller, 3-5-2: 2 saves, 1 goal against

Brown: Joey Cipicchio, 6-3-1: 4 saves, 2 goals against

Shots: 15

Shots on goal: 6
Corner kicks: 5
Fouls: 11
Saves: 2

Shots: 8

Shots on goal: 3
Corner kicks: 2
Fouls: 16
Saves: 4

The Friars’ next game is at home on Saturday, Oct. 14. Providence takes on BIG EAST opponent Seton Hall at 4:00 p.m. on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium.

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