posted on: Thursday September 30, 2010
by John Sessions ’12 / Sports Staff
The Men’s Soccer Team scored two goals in the first period and held on for a hard-fought non-league win against Harvard on Wednesday, Sept. 29.
The Friars allowed just six shots on goal, and goaltender Jhojan Obando ’11 gave up one goal in the win. He recorded five saves over the course of his 90 minutes in goal.
Matt Marcin ’11 scored his third goal of the season against the Crimson. Marcin has been on a tear as of late, having scored his three goals this season over three games and nine days.
Also scoring for the Friars was Keith Jecewiz ’13. Jacewicz notched his first score on the season and was also credited with the assist on Marcin’s goal.
Providence racked up a total of eight shots, which paled in comparison to Harvard’s 18 shots. However, the Friar offense took advantage of the opportunities it had to in order to secure the win.
Although the victory has no bearing on conference standings, Providence’s win over this Ivy League foe might prove to be beneficial toward the season’s end when the tournament selection committee looks to nonleague games as the deciding factor in who dances and who does not.
It was a different story for the Friars on Saturday, Sept. 25, when they were defeated by No. 8/10 Louisville, 2-1. The loss snapped a three game Providence winning streak. Louisville’s Dylan Mares scored the decisive goal in the 76th minute as his team stayed unbeaten with a 5-0-2 overall record and a 1-0 mark in conference play. The Friars’ three-match winning streak came to an end and Providence now stands at 4-2-1 overall and 0-1 in league action.
The Friars took the early 1-0 lead when Marcin connected on his second goal of the season. Daniel Fabian ’12 lofted a cross from the right flank to the far post and Marcin ripped a one-time volley with his left foot from 15 yards out into the back of the net at the 8:27 mark. Louisville then evened the score in the 33rd minute when Kenney Walker fired a direct free kick from 22 yards out which deflected off the Providence defensive wall and past Obando.
In the second half, the Cardinals had two early scoring opportunities from in close, but both Charlie Campbell’s and Austin Berry’s bids missed high. In the 75th minute, Ryan Smith was in on a clean breakaway, but Obando made a diving stop to his right and then corralled the rebound to keep the game tied. However, just over one minute later, Aaron Horton played a through ball to Mares who scored with his right foot from 10 yards out to give the Cardinals the lead for good. The Friars then pressed forward in search of the equalizer as Louisville played with 10 men for the last nine minutes and 54 seconds due to Smith receiving his second yellow card, which resulted in a red card. With less than one minute remaining, Bryan Minogue ’11 was able to get on the end of a cross and fire a header, but Andre Boudreaux was there to make his lone save of the game. The Cardinals finished with a 13-7 advantage in shots as Obando recorded two stops.
“The Louisville game was definitely a tough and frustrating one,” said Minogue. “This next stretch of games is full of NCAA-tournament caliber teams and we need to get a few results in the next couple weeks if we want to be considered for the NCAA postseason. That being said, we’re looking forward to the upcoming matches and one good thing to take from the Louisville game is we’re confident that we can compete with any team in the country.”
Indeed, the Friars look to rebound from this tough loss and rack up some quality wins down the stretch. However, it should be noted that not all was lost this past Saturday. Marcin was named in the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Sept. 27. Also, last weekend, the Providence College Men’s Soccer program celebrated its Fall Homecoming Weekend with the grand opening of its new locker room and its inaugural golf outing.
The Friars will look to feed off this positive energy as they prepare for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame University. In a game that will be televised by CBS College Sports, the Friars will travel to South Bend, Ind. on Sunday, Oct. 3, for a 2:30 p.m. start, hungry for their first conference victory.
The Friars are back in action on Sunday, October 3, at 2:30 p.m. when they play Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.