posted on: Thursday October 28, 2010
John Sessions ’12 / Sports Staff
Here is the question on everyone’s mind: What are they feeding Andrew Sousa ’11? After scoring three goals in two games over the course of four days, Sousa has almost single-handedly given the Friars a new breath of life with just one game remaining in the regular season.
Last night, the Friars traveled to New Jersey to take on a struggling Seton Hall squad. Sousa led PC to a 2-1 victory, scoring both goals for the Friars. Jhojan Obando ’12 had six saves for Providence in a solid defensive effort, which was critical in the win.
Even though the score of the game would suggest a very tight match between the Friars and the Pirates, it was evident that Providence was the better team.
The Friars did have a nail biter on their hands earlier in the week, though. Matt Marcin ’11 scored with 5:02 remaining in the second half of the game to propel the Men’s Soccer Team to a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 24, in a Big East Conference match at Glay Field.
With the game tied at 1-1, and precious time ticking off the clock, Marcin scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season to give the Friars the lead for good. Wilder Arboleda ’13 played the ball to Marcin at the top right side of the 18-yard box. Marcin then rifled a low shot that gracefully kissed the left post and found the back of the net.
Pittsburgh had just scored the equalizer prior to Marcin’s goal. Ryan Brode’s corner kick to the far post found Andy Kalas, whose shot from six yards out found the right corner of the net at the 81:56 mark. It was Kalas’ first goal of the season.
Providence took the early 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when Sousa scored his first goal of the season. Giuseppe Guerriero ’12 played a one-touch pass with the outside of his right foot to Sousa who put a few touches on the ball before curling a shot into the lower right corner of the net.
The Friars finished the match with an 18-9 shot advantage. Goalkeeper Jhojan Obando ’12 had with four saves, while the Panthers’ Hami Kara stopped three shots.
“Pittsburgh was a must-have game that we found a way to win,” Head Coach Chaka Daley said. “[It was] a tough game, but we are now moving again in the right direction. Another victory puts us in the Big East playoffs which is goal No. 1 in any season.”
On another positive note, Obando was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Oct. 25.
Obando led the Friars to a pair of Big East Conference wins last week. On Wednesday, Oct. 20, Obando stopped all seven shots he faced as Providence scored late in double overtime to post a 1-0 victory at Marquette. It marked Obando’s fourth shutout this season. On Sunday, Oct. 24, Obando totaled four saves as the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 2-1, at Glay Field.
Providence currently holds the sixth and final Big East playoff spot in the Blue Division with two games remaining. The Friars are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 1:00 p.m., when they host West Virginia University at Glay Field in their final Big East Conference match of the season. The game also marks the last home game of the regular season and could prove to be the final match played on PC soil for some of the Friar seniors.