August 25, 2006

Pioneers fall to Providence in Season Opener, 4-1

Aug. 25, 2006

Final Stats

Fairfield, CT - The Providence College men's soccer team took a 1-0 halftime lead and went on to defeat Sacred Heart, 4-1, in a season-opening match on Friday, August 25 at Glay Field.

Both teams had several chances to score early on. In the third minute, Sacred Heart freshman Jesper Fredriksson (Gothenburg, Sweden) eluded a defender and settled the ball just inside the 18-yard box, before firing a shot that was deflected by PC senior goalkeeper Chris Konopka and cleared off the goal line by sophomore Kevin Neumen.

The home side took the lead just before the halftime whistle when junior defender Matt Otte rifled home his second career goal. Otte took the initial shot from 10 yards out, but Sacred Heart's goalkeeper Matthew Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) made a sprawling save. However, the ball bounced right back to Otte who tucked the ball into the left corner of the net in the 40th minute.

The Friars wasted little time to gain a two-goal advantage in the second half. Junior Ryan Maduro's through ball found unmarked classmate Hadrien Toure, who was able to slot the ball past Jones from 12 yards out in the 50th minute. The Friars barely had time to celebrate the two-goal lead as the Pioneers responded 16 seconds later to cut the PC margin to 2-1. Junior Ricarti Mendes (Campinas, Brazil) was able to find an opening down the right flank and made a low crossing pass to freshman Svetozar Gladic (Novi Sad, Serbia) who scored his first collegiate goal.

However, the Friars kept the pressure on and were rewarded in the 67th minute when freshman Jonathan Medcalf tallied his first collegiate goal. Medcalf, who had just come into the game as a substitute, settled a pass from junior Alex Bury before firing a shot from just inside the 18-yard box as the Friars regained their two-goal advantage. Maduro tacked on a goal in the 72nd minute to complete the scoring. After a corner kick, Neumen rifled a shot from 15 yards out that was blocked, however, the ball found the right foot of Maduro, who made deposited the ball into the left corner.

Konopka finished with four saves for the Friars, while Jones stopped 8 shots for the Pioneers. PC finished with a 17-10 shot advantage.

The Pioneers (0-1) are back in action Wednesday when they visit Iona. Game time is 3:00 pm.