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Providence Friars Soccer


August 26, 2016
Friars open with OT loss to Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College men's team surrendered a 109th-minute goal in falling, 2-1, in overtime to Rhode Island in both teamsí season-opener at Chapey Field Friday night.

URI took the lead in the seventh minute as Solvi Palsson connected off a feed from Emil Jesman Sunde. The Friars nearly equalized in the eighth minute as Klisman Sousa had a header saved.

Providence tied the score in the 29th minute as Julian Gressel intercepted a back pass.

The Friars' Brendan Reardon ripped a shot from point-blank range, Nils Leifhelm making his fourth save in the 41st minute.

At halftime, Providence held a 7-2 advantage in shots, 5-1 in shots on goal.

In the second half, the Friars had several chances. Mac Steeves, the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, laced a free kick that was punched over the crossbar by Leifhelm in the 69th minute. Seconds later, Mark Jecewiz headed a corner kick wide.

In the 76th minute, freshman Joao Serrano fed Gressel, whose shot ricocheted off the left post.

Rhode Island pressured with four corner kicks from the 83rd through 85th minutes. In the 84th minute, Stavros Zarokostas went in alone Ben Seguljic, who deflected away.

At the end of regulation time, Providence posted a 16-10 advantage in shots.

Ryan Bailey scored the deciding goal from just outside the penalty area into the lower left corner of the net, Carlo Davids credited with an assist.

Seguljic finished with three saves. Leifhelm collected seven saves.

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