Steeves Scores Twice Late To Help PC Men’s Soccer Beat Bryant In Season Opener

PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Providence College men’s soccer team defeated the Bryant Bulldogs, 2-1, in a thrilling overtime win for its season home opener. Junior Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) registered the Friars’ two goals on the night.

The Bulldogs (0-1-0) were the first to get on the board after a scoreless first half. Bryant’s Teddy Spanos made a breakaway with the ball, crossing to Curtis Orth who then sent it into the bottom left of the net. The goal came in the 62nd minute of the game.

The Friars (1-0-0) were still down 1-0 with two minutes remaining in the second half. Senior Manny Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) made a run up right field, crossing the ball to freshman Brendan Constantine (Glastonbury, Conn.). Constantine then found Steeves at the top of the six-yard box who slotted the ball into the net (88:37) for the equalizer. The clock wound down to 90 minutes, sending the game into overtime. 

As the match heated up, Bryant’s Jake Lamar was given a yellow card allowing Steeves an opportunity at a penalty kick directly in front of the goal. Steeves fired the ball into the left center of the net, giving Providence a 2-1 overtime victory. The goal marked Steeves second goal of the game and season. The last time Steeves scored two goals in a single game was the last game of last season when the Friars fell, 3-2, to UCLA in the 2014 NCAA College Cup semifinal.

In goal for the Friars, red-shirt sophomore Ben Seguljic (Rye Brook, N.Y.) made two great back-to-back saves in the 20th minute of the game. Bryant’s Curtis Oath’s original point blank shot was denied by Seguljic, before the keeper reacted to stone Oath’s second bid off the rebound. All-in-all, Seguljic, in his career debut as a Friar, made four saves on the night.

The Friars will return to Ray Treacy Track for another home game at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 30 when they take on Monmouth.