Providence College’s record-breaking soccer team will return to the pitch Sunday night for the third round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Soccer Championship. The Friars will play the University of California Irvine at 7 at the Ray Treacy Track and Field Complex on the PC campus.
Providence (14-4-2) is enjoying its best season and a season of firsts. Big East championship. NCAA Tournament first-round bye. Third-round appearance. Simultaneous Big East Tournament offensive and defensive MVPs. The 14 victories tie the program’s best finish 30 years ago.
Goalkeeper Keasel Broome posted his seventh shutout of the season in the 3-0 victory over Dartmouth in the second round.
In the Big East championship game against Xavier, senior Rob Bialy of East Greenwich set up freshman Daniel Neustadter’s winning goal with a cross from the right side. The assist was Bialy’s third of the season. A defender, he has played in every game.
This is coach Craig Stewart’s third season at PC. He has a 30-10-3 record. This team was ranked 10th in the final NCCAA regular-season poll.
UC Irvine (16-5-3) defeated Nevada Las Vegas, 3-0, in the first round and upset Stanford, 1-0 in overtime, in the second round.
This will be the first meeting between the Friars and Anteaters.